Tunisia's National Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
March 19, 2011

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to the people of Tunisia as you celebrate your National Day this March 20.

While each National Day is an occasion for celebration, this particular holiday holds special significance. The Tunisian people have made history once again and have shown the world that peaceful change is possible. During my recent visit to Tunisia I was inspired by your steadfast commitment to bringing about a more democratic society. You now have an unprecedented and historic opportunity to seek more responsive governance, to build a culture of respect for universal human rights, and to pursue greater economic opportunity. While this transition will face challenges, we wish you continued progress toward greater stability and prosperity for you and your children as you demonstrate the triumph of democracy over dictatorship. The United States is committed to working with all Tunisians to achieve these goals.

On this special occasion, know that the United States stands with you. We honor your history and culture, and send the people of Tunisia our warmest wishes for a happy holiday, a peaceful year to come, and continued success.

PRN: 2011/425