On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Cyprus as you celebrate your National Day this October 1.
Every year, thousands of Americans travel to Cyprus to explore your natural beauty and unique cultural heritage. I am pleased that we have extended for five years our agreement to safeguard Cyprus's archaeological and historical artifacts, helping to preserve your rich heritage for future generations.
This year also demonstrates Cypriot leadership on the world stage with the European Union Presidency. We appreciate the work Cyprus is doing to advance common EU-U.S. priorities.
Together, our two countries are promoting peace and expanding opportunity. The United States supports your efforts to reach a comprehensive settlement to reunify the island as a bizonal, bicommunal federation. We encourage all parties to make the tough compromises necessary to achieve a lasting peace.
As you celebrate this special day, the United States looks forward to strengthening the ties between our peoples as we build together a future of peace and progress.