The United States Embassy in Palau celebrated the United States of America’s 246th Independence Day yesterday, July 4th, at the Palau Pacific Resort.

The event highlighted US 246th Independence Day by recognizing the strong partnership between the United States and its allies and their shared goal of freedom, democracy, and the rule of law.

United States Ambassador John Hennessy-Niland to the Republic of Palau noted this in his evening remarks saying that the United States and Palau have demonstrated through partnerships.

“The relationship between the Republic of Palau and the United States of America is stronger today than ever, I believe, based on the partnership between our two great nations in responding to the global pandemic and keeping our peoples safe and well,”  stated Ambassador Hennessy-Niland.

Ambassador Hennessy-Niland said that the appointment of the US Special Envoy Joseph Yun to the Compact Negotiations reflected the commitment the United States has to Palau, and Palau’s support of the US military showcased Palau’s commitment to the partnership.

“The United States is both committed and capable of upholding our shared responsibilities for the defense of Palau and its people,” conveyed Ambassador Hennessy-Niland.

President Surangel Whipps Jr. congratulated the United States on its 246th Year of Independence and reiterated the statements from Ambassador Niland, saying that “we have shown that we are stronger together” of the partnership between the United States and Palau.

He added that Palau and United States had demonstrated a robust partnership in the fight against COVID and the joint hosting of the Our Ocean Conference.

“Together, we stand up for what is right and fair in the world. Today we’re celebrating 246th birthday…celebrating freedom, the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness,” Whipps said at the US Independence Day celebration, adding that Palau enjoys freedom and independence today because of the United States.

Whipps offered a toast calling for the continued well-being of the United States of America.

The celebration was packed with members of the US military, local dignitaries, members of the diplomatic corps, and representatives of local organizations.

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