Ambassador’s Independence Day Address Stresses Defense of Core Values, Encourages Dialogue on Compact Implementation
(July 7, 2008)
During an official ceremony at the U.S. Residence on July 4, Ambassador Miriam K. Hughes toasted the founding values that have driven progress and opportunity in the United States ever since the words of the Declaration of Independence rang out from Philadelphia on July 4, 1776. The ideals of freedom, democracy and equality of opportunity “are just as fundamental, useful and compelling today,” as they were 232 years ago, she said. President Abraham Lincoln’s commitment to “Government of the people, by the people and for the people” embodies the conceptual pillars of democratic practices that continue to inspire Americans and Micronesians.
Ambassador Hughes underscored a renewed U.S. commitment across the board to generous and transparent partnership with the Federated States of Micronesia. She cited the construction of a new U.S. Embassy on a gracious compound in the heart of Kolonia as a personification of “the quality of our long-term commitment.” The Embassy coordinates the work of some 30 U.S. Government agencies. Emphasizing the importance of vigorous debate and freedom of expression, Ambassador Hughes said she had “… urged the FSM Government to engage in frank and creative dialogue with us on ways to make the Amended Compact work better, for which we share joint responsibility.”
While the Fourth of July reception was necessarily modest in size this year, the Embassy appreciated the participation of FSM Government and Pohnpei State officials, resident Americans, as well as representatives of the media and diplomatic corps. President Emanuel Mori kindly took time from his busy schedule to remain throughout the event. The Embassy hopes to be able to organize a larger event next year. Ambassador Hughes’s Fourth of July remarks are available here.