Sri Lanka's Independence Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
February 2, 2011

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka as you celebrate the 63rd anniversary of independence this February 4.���

Since Sri Lanka's independence, our two countries have had a strong relationship based on mutual interests and a shared commitment to the ideals of democratic governance. Sri Lankans have made numerous positive contributions to American culture and America has been a partner for economic growth and development in Sri Lanka.

We hope to continue our efforts to strengthen this relationship by assisting in post-war reconciliation to bring about a peaceful, prosperous, just and democratic future for all its citizens. ������

I wish all Sri Lankans around the world a happy celebration and continued peace and prosperity in the coming year.������

PRN: 2011/143