Croatia's Statehood Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 21, 2012

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of the Republic of Croatia as you celebrate your declaration of independence this June 25.

Croatia’s commitment to democracy and the rule of law has made it a valued member of the Euro-Atlantic community and brought your nation to the threshold of European Union membership. Croatia is helping to address global security challenges as a NATO Ally and as a contributor to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan and other international missions. In Southeast Europe, Croatia plays a key role in regional reconciliation. The close cooperation between our two countries demonstrates our shared commitment to peace, freedom, democracy, and security.

Congratulations and best wishes for a joyous celebration. We look forward to strengthening our friendship and partnership with Croatia and all Croatians in the years to come.

PRN: 2012/1036