Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 3, 2014

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I offer warm wishes and congratulations to the people of the Kingdom of Tonga as you celebrate the anniversary of your nation’s independence on June 4.

The United States and the Kingdom of Tonga share a close partnership based on mutual respect and shared interests. The safe return of your troops from Afghanistan is especially on our minds. Americans everywhere are grateful for your courage and commitment to peace and security throughout the world.

The inauguration this year of a joint security cooperation program between the Nevada National Guard and His Majesty’s Armed Forces will strengthen our close partnership. Our work together to create shared prosperity, combat climate change, and improve regional cooperation throughout the Pacific region will continue to unite us in the future.

As you celebrate your independence day, the United States stands with you as an unwavering partner and friend. I wish the people of the Kingdom of Tonga peace and prosperity in the years to come.