In a press statement issued today, U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken extended warm wishes to the people of Sri Lanka on the occasion of their 76th Independence Day, celebrated on February 4.

Highlighting the strong partnership between the United States and Sri Lanka, Secretary Blinken emphasized the foundation of this collaboration on shared values, a commitment to democracy, and a collective vision for a free, open, and secure Indo-Pacific region. The relationship encompasses various facets, including security cooperation, mutually beneficial trade and investment, and people-to-people ties fostered through educational exchanges and scientific partnerships.

Looking ahead, the United States and Sri Lanka aim to deepen their economic and maritime security ties, addressing shared concerns such as the climate crisis in the coming year. The press statement underscores Sri Lanka’s celebration of sovereignty and independence, emphasizing its ongoing commitment to strengthening democratic governance, inclusive economic growth, and resilient institutions that benefit all citizens.

Expressing solidarity, Secretary Blinken affirmed the United States’ unwavering support for Sri Lanka in its endeavors to build a more prosperous future for its people. The statement concludes with a heartfelt wish for prosperity and happiness to the Sri Lankan people as they celebrate this significant occasion.