Australia's National Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
January 24, 2012

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to congratulate the Australian people as you celebrate Australia Day this January 26.

As we mark more than six decades of the U.S.-Australia alliance -- an anchor of stability, security and prosperity throughout the world -- we continue to strengthen this friendship and chart a common path forward together. Late last year, President Obama joined Prime Minister Gillard in Australia to reaffirm the depth of our strategic partnership and find new ways to work together to expand stability and opportunity in the Asia-Pacific region and around the world.

The ties between our people and nations are as close as any. As you celebrate your national day with family, friends, and loved ones, know that the United States stands with you as a committed partner joined by common bonds of friendship and family. I wish all Australians a safe and happy holiday celebration and continued peace and prosperity in the coming year.

PRN: 2012/115