Democratic Republic of the Congo's Independence Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 29, 2011

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo as you celebrate the fifty-first anniversary of your independence this June 30.

Our two countries have a long history of partnership on many issues of mutual importance. Today, we are working to build on this history of cooperation to strengthen this relationship even more. The United States stands behind the Congolese Government and people as you work to improve security, respect the rule of law, and ensure the protection of human rights. We are looking forward to successful presidential and legislative elections in November to demonstrate Congolese commitment to the principles of a free and transparent democratic system. And we encourage all Congolese citizens to participate in the voting process so that your voices may be heard.

On this special day, I wish the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo a safe and happy celebration. The United States is committed to a brighter future for all Congolese citizens – men and women – so that they may have the opportunity to realize their potential.

PRN: 2011/1084