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Message to President Sukarno on the 17th Anniversary of Indonesian Independence.

August 17, 1962

ON THIS anniversary of the independence of Indonesia, it is a particular pleasure to send to your people and to you warmest congratulations from the people and government of the United States. This August 17th comes at the conclusion of an historic negotiation for the peaceful future of West Iran. The United States joins in the hope that this agreement will lead forward to increasing satisfactory relations among all who have been concerned with it. Meanwhile we join with you in a salute to your 17th anniversary.

JOHN F. KENNEDY

Note: On August 15 an agreement for the settlement of the West New Guinea problem was signed by Indonesia and the Netherlands at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. The text of the agreement is printed as U.N. doc A/5170.

John F. Kennedy, Message to President Sukarno on the 17th Anniversary of Indonesian Independence. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/236563

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