The Kingdom of Tonga's National Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
November 2, 2010

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of the Kingdom of Tonga on your National Day this November 4th. As you mark 40 years of independence, we join in celebrating Tonga’s unique cultural history and the long-standing friendship between our countries. The United States welcomes Tonga’s continued transition to democracy, and we look forward to the upcoming elections as Tongans affirm their commitment to the principles of freedom and self-determination.

We are committed to deepening our partnership with Tonga, both bilaterally and through regional institutions such as the Pacific Islands Forum and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. Tonga has contributed significantly to international peace and security in recent years, and our continued cooperation is critical as we work together to improve maritime security, promote renewable energy, combat climate change, and address many other issues of mutual concern. I look forward to strengthening the friendship between our nations in the years to come, and I wish all citizens of the Kingdom of Tonga a joyous celebration