Niger National Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
August 1, 2012

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the Nigerien people as you celebrate the 52nd anniversary of your independence this August 3.

The United States commends the government and people of Niger for your decisive actions over the past year to consolidate and advance democratic institutions in Niger and to promote stability in the region. Your support to the influx of refugees fleeing from the turbulence in neighboring Mali is admirable, as well as the men and women who have returned from Libya.

Your commitment to advance democracy, stability and prosperity is an example for the region. The United States looks forward to continuing to work with the Government of Niger as partners and friends during the year ahead to improve the lives of all Nigeriens.

PRN: 2012/1250