Papua New Guinea Independence Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 13, 2013

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Papua New Guinea on the 38th anniversary of your independence this September 16.

The United States and Papua New Guinea have enjoyed a close friendship, working together on issues such as the environmentally responsible use of natural resources, human rights and gender equality, and over-arching cooperation in the Pacific Region. It is my hope that we will continue to expand our joint efforts across a broad range of social and economic issues in the coming years.

The United States is committed to peace and prosperity for Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Region, and we join you in the spirit of our continuing friendship and cooperation. I send all the people of Papua New Guinea my best wishes for a year of peace, progress, and prosperity.

PRN: 2013/1115