The citizens of Solomon Islands today celebrated their thirty-third anniversary of independence.
US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking in Washington, DC, extended the congratulations of President Obama and the people of the United States, to the people of Solomon Islands on their National Day.
Ms. Clinton said the United States and Solomon Islands share a long history of friendship and cooperation, forged during World War II and continuing today.
She stressed that the celebration of their independence is an opportunity for their two countries to renew their commitment to working together and improving regional stability, promoting democracy and human rights, responding to climate change, increasing trade, and promoting sustainable economic development.
“Whether you celebrate this special day at Lawson Tama, or you honor this anniversary with family and friends on one of the nearly 1,000 islands, know that the United States stands with you. I wish all Solomon Islanders everywhere a peaceful and prosperous year to come.” -Ms. Clinton
The Solomon Islands gained its independence in 1976. However, the country’s independence was granted on 7th July 1978.