On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer congratulations to the people of Tuvalu as you celebrate the 42nd anniversary of your independence.

The United States has enjoyed a close friendship with Tuvalu since its independence in 1978, with our relations built on a foundation of democratic principles and shared values.  We appreciate Tuvalu’s commitment to democracy and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific, and we look forward to strengthening the bonds forged four decades ago when we signed our Treaty of Friendship.

Best wishes to all Tuvaluans on this special day.

U.S. Department of State

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