The 8.1-square-mile country is celebrating its 46th year of independence from a UN trusteeship made up of Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
"On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I offer warm congratulations to the people of the Republic of Nauru on the 46th anniversary of your Independence on January 31.
"The United States and Nauru work together on a broad range of issues, including strengthening regional security, protecting our natural resources, and addressing the impacts of climate change.
"I look forward to forging even closer ties as we build a more secure, prosperous, and sustainable world for future generations.
"The United States stands with you in the spirit of our shared values and continuing cooperation."
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