Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

Falcam Congratulates U.S. on its 221st Anniversary

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Service): July 8, 1997 - FSM Vice President Leo A. Falcam was invited to attend the celebration on July 4th, of the 221st anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America from Great Britain on July 4, 1776. The celebration was held at the resident of the Charge d'Affaires, United States Embassy in Kolonia.

Vice President Falcam at the outset thanked the Embassy officials for inviting him to the 221st anniversary celebration of the U.S. Independence, adding, "On behalf of President Nena, and the Leadership and people of the FSM, I extend warm greetings and sincere felicitations to the Government and people of the United States on this special day, your National Day."

"On this important day," he said, "it is fitting to take stock of the past and look to the future of your great country. In sharing your festive spirit, it is also fitting that we reflect upon the special bond and excellent friendship that the FSM and the United States have enjoyed for many years, a friendship of which we can be proud. Needless to say, this relationship underpins our two countries cooperation on all levels and has become extremely beneficial to the advancement of our common interests and values. I am hopeful that this special bond we have will continue to be the thriving force behind our shared undertakings in the future."

"The FSM values its relationship with the United States," Falcam said, adding, "We have come a long way and indeed there is more to learn from each other. As the world becomes smaller with new challenges and problems, it behooves us to continue to nourish and cherish our relationship. The FSM remains thankful for many assistance extended to us through the Compact Agreement, and we remain hopeful that the U.S. continues to show interest in the future aspirations of the FSM."

"The U.S. Embassy in Pohnpei is unquestionably a strong symbol of U.S. commitment to the FSM, and we are very grateful for the role it continues to play in the FSM. We have an excellent working relationship with the staff of the Embassy and appreciate their friendship and professional assistance," the Vice President said.

At the conclusion of his remarks, Vice President Falcam proposed a toast to the personal good health of President William Clinton and the enduring prosperity of the people of the United States of America.

The occasion was attended by the staff and other U.S. citizens in Pohnpei, the FSM State and National Government officials, the members of the Diplomatic Corps and invited friends.

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