Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of Seychelles as you celebrate 23 years of independence on June 29.

"The United States and Seychelles share a strong commitment to regional security, sustainable economic growth, and ocean conservation. We commend your leadership in the fight against piracy, and support your efforts to develop a sustainable and prosperous ocean economy that will provide economic opportunities for generations of Seychellois.

"I send best wishes to all Seychellois for a joyous national day, and look forward to our continued cooperation in the year ahead."