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Europe and Eurasia: On the Occasion of the Republic of Cyprus National Day

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of the Republic of Cyprus as you celebrate your national day on October 1.

Fifty-four years after Cyprus’s independence, the bond between our two countries remains strong. In New York City last week, I had the opportunity to meet with President Anastasiades and Foreign Minister Kasoulides to discuss our shared challenges. We will continue to work closely together on initiatives to counter terrorism and promote regional security.

The strong partnership between our two countries is also reflected in the growing economic, cultural, and educational exchanges between our citizens. We look forward to deepening our commercial and people-to-people ties for the benefit of both Cypriots and Americans.

I remain fully committed to supporting efforts to reunify the island as a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation. I am hopeful that this goal can be achieved soon, so that all Cypriots may live in greater peace and prosperity.

I send warmest wishes on this important day.