Republic of Armenia's National Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 20, 2012

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Armenia as you celebrate your independence day this September 21.

This is a special occasion to honor the achievements of Armenians and those of Armenian descent. In the United States, Armenian-Americans have enriched the fabric of our society, further strengthening the longstanding bonds of friendship between our two countries. I had the opportunity to once again experience the warm hospitality of the Armenian people when I visited Yerevan this past June. As I said then, America is committed to helping Armenia strengthen its democratic institutions, deepen its economic reforms, and foster a future of peace and prosperity.

As you celebrate 21 years of independence, know that the United States stands with Armenia as a partner and friend. I congratulate all Armenians on this important holiday and wish you great success in the year to come.

PRN: 2012/1474