Republic of Kiribati Independence Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
July 11, 2016

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I send my best wishes and congratulations to the people of Kiribati as you celebrate your 37th Independence Day on July 12.

Over the years, the Republic of Kiribati and the United States have had an enduring friendship that has enabled us to work together on a wide variety of issues. From recovering the remains of lost American Marines from the Battle of Tarawa to protecting our shared environment, our nations’ collaborative efforts stand as a testament to that partnership. Kiribati’s commitment in the fight against climate change and support for the preservation of our Pacific Ocean inspires nations around the world to do the same.

I hope the people of Kiribati have a wonderful Independence Day and I look forward to watching our countries’ friendship continue to grow in the years to come.