Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I would like to congratulate the people of Tuvalu as you celebrate the 38th anniversary of your nation’s independence this October 1st.
"Tuvalu and the United States enjoy an enduring friendship that has enabled us to work together for many years on a variety of important global issues. We demonstrated this last year during the 21st Conference of Parties in Paris, as we joined hands to help reach a durable and effective climate change agreement. Tuvalu is a leader in promoting the sustainable development of our oceans, and your efforts have encouraged other nations and organizations around the world to do the same.
"Please accept my congratulations and best wishes for a healthy and joyous Independence Day celebration. We look forward to continuing to expand ties between our two nations."