A Message from President Biden to President Joko Widodo on Republic of Indonesia’s Independence Day

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Dear Mr. President:

On behalf of the United States of America and the American people, I congratulate you and the people of Indonesia as you celebrate your nation’s independence on August 17.

As two of the world’s largest democracies, the United States and Indonesia celebrate this milestone amid a long and shared history built on our common visions of “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” and “E Pluribus Unum.” These mottos underscore the importance of inclusivity in building bridges within our diverse societies.

On this Indonesian Independence Day, I look forward to all that our two countries will do together to advance our shared commitment to democracy and work to build a lasting peaceful, prosperous, and resilient Indo-Pacific region. The United States celebrates this joyous day with you as both friends and strategic partners.


Joseph R. Biden Jr.