Timor-Leste's Restoration of Independence Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
May 18, 2016

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I send my congratulations and best wishes to the people of Timor-Leste as you celebrate the 14th anniversary of the Restoration of Independence on May 20.

This past year, Timor-Leste has faced and overcome significant challenges. Through it all, you have demonstrated how adherence to democratic principles can ensure the security of a nation and protect individual liberty. Peacefully resolving conflicts is becoming a hallmark of your nation, and will surely fortify your efforts to build a more prosperous future for all Timorese.

The United States appreciates Timor-Leste as a valued friend and reliable voice on human rights, democracy, and regional security. The friendship between Timor-Leste and the United States is rooted in mutually held beliefs of liberty and equality, and this bond is enhanced by our work together toward the goals we share.

We look forward to strengthening our cooperation in the year ahead and supporting Timor-Leste as you continue to build strong and stable democratic institutions.