On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Croatia as you celebrate your Statehood Day.
The United States and Croatia are steadfast Allies and partners, and our relationship is defined by shared values that help us progress on critical fronts, including strengthening trade and investment ties, enhancing energy security, and confronting the climate crisis.
This year, we also commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Croatian Armed Forces, and the United States offers its thanks for the decades of close military cooperation our two countries have enjoyed. Our thriving defense partnership is evidenced by our continued participation in joint and NATO training exercises, which are again in the spotlight during Defender Europe 2021. A valued NATO Ally, Croatia is an important contributor to both Transatlantic security and European prosperity.
As we continue to face the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and deepen our bilateral relationship, the United States stands with Croatia.