The citizens of Republic of Kiribati today celebrated their independence day.
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 citizens of Republic of Kiribati.
“Following Kiribati’s independence in 1979, a treaty of friendship was signed between our two countries and throughout the last 32 years our two nations have grown even closer.” -Ms. Clinton
Ms. Clinton said both countries are working together to curb the effects of climate change, manage our fisheries in sustainable ways, and support regional security through our Shiprider agreement.
She highlighted that just last month, a United States Government delegation represented by Assistant Secretaryof Kurt Campbell, USAID Assistant Administrator Nisha Biswal, Brigadier General Richard Simcock and Admiral Patrick Walsh traveled to Kiribati to discuss a wide range of issues of mutual concern.
She underscored that the United States is committed to the relationship and to a brighter future for all their people.
“We wish everyone in Kiribati a happy holiday celebration and continued peace and prosperity in the coming year.” -Ms. Clinton
Republic of Kiribati is one of the world’s most vulnerable nations in terms of the effects of climate change. The country is an active participant in international diplomatic efforts relating to climate change.