Italy's Republic Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 1, 2011

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Italy on your 65th Republic Day this June 2.

Italians throughout our history have helped shape the American landscape. From sports and entertainment to science and technology, our exchanges of people, ideas and culture have strengthened this already robust relationship.

Our two countries share a rich history and culture. And the United States is committed to this partnership as we strive to meet our shared goals on democracy, freedom and development around the world. As you celebrate Republic Day and the 150th anniversary of Italy's unification, know that the United States stands with you and we wish you a peaceful and prosperous year to come.

PRN: 2011/879