Switzerland's National Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
July 31, 2010

It is an honor to join President Obama in extending good wishes to the people of Switzerland as you celebrate the founding of the Swiss Confederation on August 1. This anniversary celebrates more than seven hundred years since the first Swiss cantons swore an oath of confederation and highlights a remarkable history of democracy.

Our shared dedication to constitutional democracy binds us together and is the foundation of our common values. This year marked 30 years of Swiss commitment to representing U.S. interests in Tehran and providing assistance to American citizens there. We look forward to continuing to work together to meet global challenges. Congratulations on the 719th anniversary of the Swiss Confederation.

PRN: 2010/1035