Nicolau Lobato Presidential Palace, Dili, 13 November 2020
The President of the Republic, Francisco Guterres Lú Olo, expressed his appreciation and gratitude for the work done by the ambassador of the United States to Timor-Leste, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, who came to pay a farewell call on the Head of State.
H.E. the President took the opportunity to note the excellent bilateral relations which have been further strengthened, also with the contribution of the US ambassador:
‘The seed planted in Timor-Leste will continue to sprout,’ the President said.
The Head of State is a strong supporter of the Compact program developed by the US government foreign aid agency Millenium Challenge Corporation, which will contribute to the country’s resilience amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are cause for great concern all around the world, including Timor-Leste. The Head of State expressed his gratitude for the efforts made by American scientists working on the development of a vaccine which will soon be available and make a great contribution to mankind.
Still on this occasion, Kathleen Fitzpatrick said that she was honoured for having worked in Timor-Leste and contributed to the strengthening of the relations between both countries for the successful achievement of the national development goals. The United States support Timor-Leste in the areas of agriculture, health, economic diversification, security, democracy, justice, defence and youth.
Kathleen Fitzpatrick also congratulated Timor-Leste on the orderly way in which it has managed to get COVID-19 under control. The US government has been supporting the country’s COVID-19 prevention and control efforts, namely with the setting up of isolation and quarantine facilities and the provision of equipment.