On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the Indonesian people on your 65th Independence Day this August 17. On this occasion, we celebrate your country’s rich history and reaffirm the ties between our nations. Indonesia’s transformation to a thriving democracy with strong institutions and a growing civil society is an inspiration to people around the world. Our shared democratic values form the basis for our cooperation on issues ranging from bolstering regional security and combating terrorism to enhancing educational opportunities and promoting economic development. Indonesia was among the first countries I visited as Secretary of State last year, and the recent launch of the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership was an historic moment in our relationship. We remain committed to advancing our mutual interests and building sustained cooperation on bilateral, regional, and global issues. I wish all Indonesians a safe and joyous celebration and continued peace and prosperity in the coming year.