On behalf of the United States of America, I extend my warmest congratulations to the people of the Republic of the Philippines as you celebrate your independence day on June 12.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our two countries and the 70th anniversary of the U.S.-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty. Our long and deeply interwoven history stands as a strong foundation for our enduring alliance, and our close relationship is rooted in our shared interests and rich people-to-people ties. Together, as friends, allies, and partners, our two countries will strive to ensure a more peaceful, stable, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.
We look forward to deepening our friendship and cooperation for many years to come.