Australia's National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
January 23, 2014

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Australia as you celebrate Australia Day on January 26.

Though we live in different hemispheres and at opposite ends of the globe, the relationship between the United States and Australia really is as close as it gets.

Many years ago, as a young Naval Officer in Vietnam, I saw the strength of our partnership firsthand. And I see it again today. From the mountains of Afghanistan to the icy waters off Antarctica, Australia and the United States are working diligently, side by side, to create a better world for all people.

Our nations are bound by common values and aspirations for freedom, democracy, and shared prosperity. That’s why we are working together to complete an historic Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement that will grow our economies and create thousands of jobs in both our countries.

And that’s why we are strengthening our partnership to address critical global challenges, from climate change to promoting the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula to supporting good governance and gender equality throughout Southeast Asia.

As you celebrate Australia Day, the United States stands with you as an unwavering partner and ally. I wish all Australians peace and prosperity in the coming year and continued success to your great nation.