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Hillary also seeking dialogue with Fiji and plans trip to PNG

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Sept. 30, 2010) – As Tuvalu celebrates its 32nd anniversary of independence, the United States has declared it will continue its partnership with the small island nation on issues of common concern.

In a message to mark Tuvalu's anniversary, US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton says both countries are working to address the challenges of the 21st century.

She says this includes protecting the environment and combating climate change.

Mrs Clinton says the United States reaffirms its bond of friendship and co-operation between the two nations.

[PIR editor’s note: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week called for dialogue with Fiji in an effort to encourage the country’s return to democracy and announced plans to visit Papua New Guinea in November. It is to be only the second visit to PNG by a senior U.S. official in more than 20 years.]

She says the US looks forward to further strengthening their bond in the future and wishes all the people of Tuvalu continued peace and prosperity in the coming year.

The Secretary of State sent the message on behalf of President Barack Obama.

It will be double celebration on the capital, Funafuti as the country's parliament has just elected a new government, led by Matia Toafa.

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