On behalf of the United States of America, I offer my congratulations to the people of Papua New Guinea as you celebrate your Independence Day on September 16.
For 46 years, the United States and Papua New Guinea have had a robust relationship marked by a shared commitment to economic prosperity for all, good governance, and protection of our cherished natural resources. Despite the significant challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, our partnership has grown stronger. The U.S. donation of more than 300,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses to Papua New Guinea through COVAX is only the latest example of our strong partnership. The United States is committed to advancing our security partnership, addressing the climate crisis, and promoting gender equality.
On this auspicious anniversary of independence, I wish the people of Papua New Guinea enduring prosperity and vitality.