Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 14, 2010

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the citizens of Papua New Guinea on your 35th Independence Day this September 16. The United States and Papua New Guinea work closely together on many issues of mutual interest, from fostering economic growth and advancing opportunities for women and girls, to combating climate change and protecting the environment. We are committed to deepening our partnership with Papua New Guinea both bilaterally and through our involvement in regional institutions including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Pacific Islands Forum Post-Forum Dialogue. Today, we join in celebrating your history and reaffirm the bonds of friendship and cooperation between our nations. I wish all citizens of Papua New Guinea a safe and happy celebration, and continued peace and prosperity in the coming year.

PRN: 2010/1254