Latvia's National Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
November 16, 2011

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Latvia on the 93rd anniversary of your independence this November 18.

Despite decades of war and Soviet occupation, today Latvia is a flourishing democracy and an inspiration to countries around the world. Our two countries share a long history as strategic allies, valued partners, and close friends. As NATO allies, we are committed to defending individual freedoms, democracy, and human rights for people everywhere.

The bond between our two countries is strengthened everyday by our deep cultural and familial ties. As you celebrate this special occasion, know that the United States stands with you as a partner and friend and we look forward to deepening our cooperation even more in the years to come.

PRN: 2011/1949