The Kingdom of Tonga Independence Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 2, 2015

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I offer our warmest congratulations to the people of the Kingdom of Tonga on the 45th anniversary of Tonga’s independence on June 4th. The advent of your Independence Day makes us mindful of Tonga’s proud culture and heritage. The people of the United States deeply appreciate the friendship of the people of Tonga and the contributions that Tongan-Americans have made to our own cultural tapestry.

As you celebrate the Kingdom’s independence this year, know that the United States stands with you in the spirit of our shared values and continuing cooperation. In coming years, we hope to further expand our cooperation in mitigating the effects of climate change, enhancing maritime security, improving economic opportunity, and many other areas of mutual interest.

Congratulations and warm wishes for peace and prosperity throughout the year to come.