On behalf of the United States of America, I send our best wishes to the people of the Republic of Cyprus as you celebrate the 63rd anniversary of your nation’s independence.

The Republic of Cyprus and the United States are partners in pursuit of a more peaceful and prosperous world and share a commitment to democracy, freedom, and human dignity. The bonds between our nations have never been stronger, and we look forward to further deepening the full range of our government-to-government and people-to-people ties in the coming year.

I am inspired by the possibilities that a reunified Cyprus could open for all its people and the Eastern Mediterranean region. We remain fully committed to a Cypriot-led, UN-facilitated comprehensive settlement to reunify the island as a bizonal, bicommunal federation, with political equality for all Cypriots.

The United States believes in the strength and resilience of the Cypriot people and will remain your steadfast partner. I extend my warmest regards and best wishes for another year of continued friendship and deepening cooperation with the Republic of Cyprus.