On the Occasion of the Republic of Malta's Independence Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 20, 2011

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Malta as you celebrate 47 years of independence this September 21.

The United States and Malta have worked closely together promoting freedom and democracy for the Libyan people, reaffirming our shared commitment to human rights. Thanks to your generosity, Americans and others in need were welcomed into Malta which served as a safe haven for so many during the peak of Libyan turmoil. The Maltese people stand as a symbol of strength to those yearning for freedom, and your commitment to the promotion of peace and understanding around the world is an inspiration for so many.

As you celebrate this special day, know that the United States is committed to strengthening the bonds of friendship between our countries as we work toward a better future for all our people.

PRN: 2011/1549