The Marshall Islands National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
April 29, 2013

 On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am pleased to send warmest congratulations to the people of the Republic of the Marshall Islands on the anniversary of your nation’s independence on May 1.

The citizens of our countries enjoy a friendship based on shared history, traditions, and commitments, and we are grateful for the dedication and sacrifice of your citizens as members of the United States Armed Forces. The Marshall Islands has also been a significant partner in support of international security and peace.

We are working, including through our Compact of Free Association, to strengthen maritime security, combat climate change, respond to disasters, foster economic development, and cooperate on other issues of mutual interest. I send my best wishes to you for continued peace and prosperity in the coming year.

PRN: 2013/0481