Papua New Guinea Independence Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 15, 2014

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States of America, I send my warmest wishes to the people of Papua New Guinea on the 39th anniversary of your independence on September 16th.

The United States and Papua New Guinea share a history of close partnership rooted in our commitment to democratic values and traditions. We hope to strengthen our relationship in the future through continued promotion of open and transparent governance and cooperation on issues of mutual concern like climate change and natural resource management.

As you celebrate your independence day, know that the United States remains a partner and friend to your country. We wish you peace and prosperity in the years to come.