On behalf of the United States of America, I extend the warmest congratulations to the people of Palau on the occasion of your National Day on October 1.
The Republic of Palau and the United States have enjoyed longstanding friendship and valuable cooperation. Through the Compact of Free Association, our countries share a special bond that has stood the test of time. We share common values, and together we have worked to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific.
The United States is committed to working with Palau as it continues to build a vibrant, prosperous, democratic society based on its proud traditions and the rule of law. We also commend Palau for its focus on tackling the ocean and climate crises, and we look forward to partnering on the seventh Our Ocean Conference in Koror in February 2022.
Congratulations and warmest wishes for peace and prosperity in the year to come.