On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I would like to congratulate the people of Singapore as you celebrate the 49th anniversary of your independence on August 9.
The United States values its close relationship with Singapore. We enjoy a warm friendship, strengthened by our cooperation in confronting shared concerns and advancing shared interests.
From free trade to regional stability, we are working together to promote peace, prosperity, and growth in one of the most dynamic regions of the world.
The United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement -- which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year -- is a shining example of the many partnerships we have with Singapore, all of which continue to reap benefits for both of our countries.
The United States looks forward to further strengthening those partnerships in the years ahead.
I send my warmest wishes and congratulations to all Singaporeans and wish you continued success and prosperity in the coming year.