On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I extend best wishes to the people of Fiji as you celebrate the 43rd anniversary of your nation's independence on October 10.
The United States values its relationship with Fiji. We will work together and strengthen our relationship through continued efforts to promote the environmental well-being, security, and economic development of the Pacific region.
As you celebrate this special occasion, know that you have the support of the American people. We will continue to stand by the citizens of Fiji as you work to build a freer and more democratic society that is respectful of civil liberties and based on the rule of law.
Best wishes for a year filled with peace, progress, and prosperity.