PESHAWAR: The United States on Tuesday expressed best wishes to the people of Pakistan on the occasion of Independence Day.

“For more than seven decades, the relationship between the United States and Pakistan has rested on the strong foundation of close ties between our two peoples,” said a statement issued by the US Embassy in Islamabad.

“In the years ahead, we hope to further strengthen these bonds, as we continue to look for opportunities to work with the people and Government of Pakistan to advance our shared goals of security, stability, and prosperity in South Asia,” said the statement.

Pakistan is celebrating 71st Independence Day on Tuesday with tradition zeal and fervour. Functions and ceremonies in this regard are continuing in all parts of the country.