VIPTV, DILI – The United States Ambassador (US Ambassador), C. Kevin Blackstone will leave East Timor after resigning from his position as Ambassador.
“Due to urgent personal circumstances, I will step down as Ambassador and return to the United States in early August. It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Timor-Leste and to work alongside the dedicated, professional staff of the U.S. Mission to Timor-Leste. Timorese hospitality has overwhelmed me, and I will cherish the many memories I have made during my time here. I will always remain deeply proud of the U.S. Mission’s work to strengthen the important and enduring partnership – and friendship – between the United States and Timor-Leste,” Blackstone’s comments in his official statement published on the official page of the U.S. Embassy to East Timor on Facebook, Monday (August 2, 2021).
Blackstone was officially sworn in as Ambassador by the US Government on January 6, 2021. Then on March 19, 2021, he officially presented his credentials to the President of East Timor, Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo.
Kevin Blackstone, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, was confirmed as United States Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste on December 22, 2020.
Ambassador Blackstone served as Executive Director of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs from July 2017 until September 2020. A Foreign Service Officer since 1991, Ambassador Blackstone was Minister-Counselor for Management of the United States Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, and Management Counselor of the United States Embassies in Bangkok, Thailand and New Delhi, India. From 2009-2010, Ambassador Blackstone was Team Leader of the United States Provincial Reconstruction Team in Wasit, Iraq. Earlier, he served in consular and management assignments in Nigeria, Uganda, Gabon, Italy, Canada, India, and Egypt. Ambassador Blackstone also served as an Admissions Program Officer in the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, including a year directing the Bureau’s Washington Processing Center for admissions from the former Soviet Union. He speaks Portuguese, French, Italian and is learning Tetum.
Ambassador Blackstone holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University. He and his wife Alexandra are the parents of two adult children.