Federated States of Micronesia Independence Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
October 31, 2014

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I would like to congratulate the people of the Federated States of Micronesia as you celebrate your nation’s independence this November 3.

Our two countries enjoy a warm friendship, strengthened by our cooperation in advancing our shared values and interests. The importance of these interests spans the range of environmental, economic, and security realms, and includes the protection of fragile marine habitats, economic development, and growing stability and prosperity in the region.

Now more than ever, I would also like to thank the citizens of your country who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces for the sacrifices they and their families make.

We wish you and all of your fellow citizens around the world a joyous celebration and peace and prosperity over the coming year.