Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I want to congratulate the people of Vanuatu as you celebrate your 36th Independence Day.
"Vanuatu’s strength, resilience, and positive outlook are great national attributes. The United States greatly values our cooperation on climate change, protecting marine resources and other maritime issues. The over 700 Peace Corps volunteers who have served in Vanuatu since 1990 are testimony to our long-standing relationship and our commitment to each other.
"This year’s Independence Day is special, as it commemorates the 30th anniversary of our diplomatic relations. The United States is honored by this enduring partnership and we look forward to continuing our good work together at this year’s Pacific Island Forum.
"In the words of the Ni-Vanuatu: tangkyu tumas for your friendship and partnership. I wish the people of Vanuatu a joyous Independence Day, and I look forward to seeing our friendship continue to grow in the years to come."