Washington, DC (STL.News) – The US Department of State released the following statement:
On behalf of the Government of the United States of America,?I send?my best wishes?to?the people of Samoa?as you?celebrate?your?Independence Day?on June 1.
The United States and the Independent State of Samoa?remain?close and enduring partners in the Pacific.??Our two countries support shared values of democracy, freedom, rule of law, and prosperity.? ?Samoa?has?endured a difficult year?marked by?the?deadly?measles epidemic,?and now the COVID-19 pandemic.? The United States and Samoa worked together to successfully defeat?the measles outbreak, and we reaffirm our?steadfast support to Samoa?as you grapple with?COVID-19, along with the rest of the world.?? As the United States was trying to bring its citizens home in the face of COVID-19, I?thank your government for?helping us repatriate nearly?three hundred?Americans based in Samoa.