US Sec. of State John Kerry congratulates Samoa on 52 years of independence

KERRY: U.S. LOOKS FORWARD TO "FURTHER DEEPENING PARTNERSHIP WITH SAMOA"

(Washington D.C.)--In a press statement issued May 30, 2014, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, on behalf of President Barack Obama, congratulates the people of Samoa as they mark 52 years of independence June 1.

"On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I would like to congratulate the people of the Independent State of Samoa as you celebrate the 52nd anniversary of your nation’s independence this June 1," Kerry says.

"The United States and Samoa enjoy a warm friendship, strengthened by our cooperation in advancing our shared values and interests. We are working together to protect the environment and oceans, promote sustainable economic development, strengthen democratic institutions, combat the effects of climate change, and reinforce the rule of law in the Pacific region."

He notes the United States "looks forward to further deepening our partnership with Samoa."

"We wish all Samoans around the world a joyous celebration and peace and prosperity over the coming year."

The Samoan community in Hawai'i will mark Samoa's Independence Day Saturday morning, June 7 at the fale Samoa at Kuhio Park Terrace (KPT) in Kalihi.

Representing the Samoan Government will be Papali'i Jack "Tihati" Thompson, who was installed as the Honorary Consul for Samoa in Hawai'i January this year.

See press statement: http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2014/05/227001.htm

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