Secretary of State
May 17, 2018
On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer congratulations to the people of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste as you celebrate the 16th anniversary of the Restoration of Independence on May 20, 2018.
The United States and Timor-Leste share a friendship based on the principles of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law, as well as growing ties between the American and Timorese peoples. The United States values our continued partnership with Timor-Leste for the benefit of security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific.