On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of the Republic of Maldives on the 49th anniversary of your independence on July 26.
The United States stands with Maldives as you work to strengthen your young democracy and bring prosperity to all your citizens.
As an island nation, you know better than anyone what it means to live on the frontlines of our changing climate, a challenge the United States is committed to fighting alongside of you. We look forward to further cultivating our partnership by tackling pressing global issues like climate change and maritime security in the Indian Ocean.
On your Independence Day, I wish peace and good fortune to all Maldivians.