UN President Biden congratulated Dr. José Ramos-Horta today on his election as President. “I have long been inspired,” he said, “by the Timorese people and their commitment to democracy and human rights.” 

“The United States is proud to consider TImor-Leste a friend and partner,” he continued. “I look forward to working with you to expand bilateral cooperation and deepen the ties between our peoples. 

“Timor-Leste stands as an inspiration to all those around the world who wish to embrace democracy, reconciliation, and the right to self-determinism. I wish you a successful presidency and commit to you that the United States will remain a strong supporter of Timor-Leste in the years to come.”