Washington, DC - "Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State" "On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I would like to congratulate the Australian people on the occasion of Australia Day on January 26.

"The U.S.– Australia relationship is an admirable example of how two countries can work together to bring peace, stability, and prosperity to our people and the world.  The tragic loss of life and property from the devastating Australian wildfires saddens us deeply.  The surge in donations from Americans concerned about their Australian friends and the warm reception American firefighters received across Australia demonstrate our dedication to support each other.  We celebrate the strength of our relationship and know that we will be there for each other in times of crisis. Australia is an indispensable partner in securing a free and open Indo-Pacific and the U.S.– Australia alliance will continue to be a leading force for achieving peace and stability around the world.

"The people of the United States truly value our friendship with Australia and look forward to another year of deepening cooperation."