Iceland National Day 17 June

Department of State

On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Iceland as you celebrate your National Day.

This extraordinary year marks the 80th anniversary of Iceland's independence and the 75th anniversary of the NATO Alliance where we united as founding members. The United States is proud to have been the first country to recognize Iceland's independence. We re-affirm today the strong and steadfast friendship between us, based on commitments to democratic principles, freedom, and our collective security as NATO Allies. Together, we are addressing persistent and newer shared challenges in the region and globally among a wide range of economic, human rights, security, and climate issues. Our bilateral defense bond since 1951, our people-to-people ties, and our cooperation in the Arctic Council are fundamental to ensuring a safe, stable, and prosperous Arctic region. The close coordination between the United States and Iceland continues to be essential to support the people of Ukraine as they defend their country against Russia's unprovoked war, and as we pursue justice and accountability for Russia's brutal actions.

I look forward to advancing a bright future for both of our peoples and I extend the warmest wishes of the United States for peace, health, and prosperity to all in Iceland on this special day.

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