In honor of June 1, Independence Day, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo sent a best wishes message to the people of Samoa.
In the press statement, Pompeo says, “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,” he added.
Pompeo also thanks the Samoa government for helping to repatriate nearly three hundred Americans based in Samoa, as the United States was trying to bring its citizens home in the face of COVID-19.