The United States (US) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent his government’s well wishes as the country prepares to mark its Independence Day tomorrow.

“On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Solomon Islands as you celebrate your National Day on July 7.

“While the COVID-19 pandemic means the commemorations will be different this year, the United States looks forward to beginning another year of friendship with Solomon Islands,” the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a prepared statement.

“Our partnership continues to grow as we engage in more cultural and professional exchanges, expand our security cooperation, and execute on our development assistance commitments.

“The announcement late last year of the re-opening of a Peace Corps program in Solomon Islands is a testament to the strength of our relationship and long history of shared values,” Mr. Pompeo added.

“Congratulations to the people of Solomon Islands as you celebrate your nation’s independence.”

The United States of America and the Solomon Islands established diplomatic relations following Solomon Islands' independence from the United Kingdom in 1978.

U.S. diplomatic representation is handled by the U.S. Embassy in Papua New Guinea. The United States also maintains a Consular Agency in Honiara, Solomon Islands to provide consular services.