Lesotho National Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
October 4, 2012

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Lesotho on your 46th Independence Day this October 4.

Lesotho and the United States have a strong legacy of partnership, working to promote good governance, economic development and trade, and health. Lesotho has made great strides toward strengthening its democratic institutions and rule of law, exemplified by this year’s historic elections. The peaceful transfer of power through the ballot box marks not only a milestone in Lesotho’s history, but also serves as a positive example for the region. The United States looks forward to continuing our partnership with Lesotho and furthering economic cooperation between our two countries.

I wish all Basotho continued peace and prosperity as you celebrate this special day.

PRN: 2012/1597