Estonian National Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
February 24, 2010

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Estonia as they celebrate 92 years since the founding of their republic on February 24. Estonians can be proud that despite fifty years of occupation, the democratic flame lit in 1918 was never extinguished. It lived on in the hearts and minds of brave Estonian men and women who never gave up on their country or its future.

Today, the United States and Estonia enjoy a broad and dynamic partnership. We are working together to bring peace and stability to troubled parts of the world, to promote wider prosperity, and to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of the 21st century. As a valued NATO ally, Estonia has been a strong partner in the international mission in Afghanistan. Our troops serve side by side in the fight against violent extremism and to support the Afghan people’s aspirations for a more peaceful future.

We honor their service and sacrifice. On this National Day, let me offer my warmest wishes and reaffirm the commitment of the United States to working together to further deepen and strengthen our partnership.

PRN: 2010/210