On the Occasion of Poland's Constitution Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
May 3, 2012

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Poland as you celebrate the 221st anniversary of your constitution this May 3.

Poland is a model of democratic transition and hope, inspiring countless advocates for freedom throughout the world. Through our NATO Alliance, nearly 2,500 Polish soldiers are serving in Afghanistan alongside soldiers from the United States and 48 other countries, all working toward the shared goal of defeating al-Qaida and strengthening the Afghan state so that Afghans can shape their own future. The United States is appreciative of the many areas of international cooperation that we share, and grateful for the role Poland plays as our protecting power in Syria.

As you celebrate Constitution Day, know that the United States continues to stand with you. We are committed to our enduring alliance and our shared values as we work together to bring peace and security throughout the globe. Best wishes for a happy Constitution Day and continued peace and prosperity in the year to come.

PRN: 2012/695