World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

US Secretary of State Visits Timor-Leste


MEDIA RELEASE

www.timor-leste.gov.tl

7th September, 2012

Díli, Timor-Leste

Secretary of State of the United States of America, Her Excellency Hillary Rodham Clinton, visits Timor-Leste.

The visit of Her Excellency Hillary Rodham Clinton last week marks the first time a Secretary of State of the United States of America has visited Timor-Leste. During her short stay in Dili the Secretary of State met with the President, His Excellency Taur Matan Ruak and the Prime Minister, His Excellency Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão. She also met with US Embassy staff, USAID and visited the Timor Coffee Cooperative.

Prime Minister Gusmão descibed the bilateral discussions held with the Secretary of State as “wide ranging and reflective.” The areas covered included the challenges of Timor-Leste, the implementation of the Strategic Development Plan, the US Timor-Leste development partnership, the role of the g7+ and, more broadly, regional and global plans in international relations. Mr. Gusmão also took the opportunity to express concern about the situation in Syria and commended the efforts of the United States in seeking to achieve a resolution to this conflict.

The Prime Minister last met with the Secretary of State in Washington DC in February of 2011. It was on this occasion that he invited Secretary Clinton to visit Timor-Leste in the year of the 10th Anniversary of the Restoration of Independence. In her remarks at the Press Conference that followed the bilateral meeting Secretary of State Clinton explained “I told the Prime Minister when we met in February that I was determined to get there before the (anniversary) year was out as a very visible sign of our support for all that has been accomplished by the government and the people of this nation.”

The Secretary of State congratulated the leaders and people of Timor-Leste on the three sets of free and fair elections conducted this year noting that “there are many nations much older than this one who cannot credibly say they have conducted elections that are as free, fair and credible as yours.” She also noted Timor-Leste’s growing role in the international community pointing the development of the New Deal where “Timor-Leste is helping create a model for country-led development” and the “commendable accomplishment” of full compliance with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). The Prime Minister closed his own remarks emphaising the contribution the visit had made “to strengthen the bonds of friendship between our nations.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 


Tale Of Two Pandemics: Follow The Science And Do Not Forget One At The Cost Of The Other

Covid-19 has posed innumerable health, economic, and social challenges for all, including people living with HIV. It has exposed the fragility of health systems around the globe and has diverted political attention and funding from other infectious diseases like TB and HIV... More>>


UN: Rights Chief Calls For Prompt Release Of Protestors Held In Cuba
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday called for the prompt release of protestors and journalists detained during anti-government demonstrations in Cuba, some of whom are being held incommunicado... More>>



Scarce Goods: Isolating Daraa Al-Balad Threatens 40,000 With Starvation

The siege imposed by the Syrian government forces on Daraa al-Balad since June 24 would lead to serious humanitarian repercussions if it continues, Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor said in a statement on July 15, calling for lifting the siege urgently and allowing the entry of basic humanitarian supplies... More>>


Focus On: UN SDGs



Shaping The Future Of Food Systems: Thousands Commit To Dialogues Amidst The COVID-19 Pandemic

More than 130 governments are making food systems a top priority amid the pandemic and committing to an unprecedented programme of Dialogues in the run up to the UN Food Systems Summit in September... More>>

UN: Play:Fair For People And Planet – A Major United Nations Music Activation
organized by the UN SDG Action Campaign in partnership with Music Innovation Hub, Keychange, the city of Milan, the Milan Triennale, and partners from the SDG Music Network, will be held at an unexpected location in the center of Milan, Italy, taking into account safety measures with a limited on-site audience consisting of activists and fans... More>>


UN: Next 18 Months Seen As Pivotal In Global Efforts To Achieve Key Goals

Next 18 months seen as pivotal in global efforts to reverse punishing pandemic impacts and boost actions to achieve key goals - Even as pandemic erases decades of gains in development, response efforts show signs of renewed global commitment to accelerate SDG progress... More>>