On behalf of the Government of the United States, I offer congratulations to the people of Sao Tome and Principe as you celebrate your independence on July 12.  The United States looks forward to maintaining our long-standing security partnership in the Gulf of Guinea and working with you to find new opportunities to expand our bilateral relationship.

I offer best wishes from the American people for a peaceful and healthy national day.

U.S. Department of State

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