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Malaysia's Hari Merdeka


Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
August 29, 2011

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On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to all Malaysians as you celebrate Malaysia’s fifty-fourth Independence Day this August 31.

The United States values the close relations between our two countries and peoples. When I visited Malaysia last November, I met with young people, entrepreneurs, political leaders and representatives of civil society, whose eagerness to engage with Americans will foster even greater collaboration and understanding between our countries in the years to come. As Malaysia continues to strive toward becoming a high income economy by 2020, we look forward to expanding U.S.-Malaysia relations to bring greater prosperity to our countries.

As you celebrate this special day with family, friends and loved ones, know that the United States stands with you as a committed partner and friend. I wish all Malaysians around the world a Happy Merdeka Day.



PRN: 2011/1380

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