On behalf of the United States of America, I extend my congratulations to the people of Papua New Guinea as you celebrate your National Day on September 16.
This year, the partnership between the United States and Papua New Guinea reached new heights. We signed two foundational bilateral agreements—the Defense Cooperation Agreement and the Agreement Concerning Counter Illicit Transnational Maritime Activity Operations—that will guide us forward as we work together to promote prosperity, security, and stability in the region. It was an honor to travel to Port Moresby on behalf of President Biden to sign these agreements and see firsthand the strength of our bilateral relationship, which is rooted in shared values. The United States is unwavering in our commitment to partnering with Papua New Guinea to advance our mutual priorities, including addressing the climate crisis, improving transparency and good governance, and promoting gender equality and women’s economic empowerment.
I offer my best wishes to all Papua New Guineans as you commemorate this momentous occasion of your independence.