On the Occasion of the Republic of Senegal's National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
April 3, 2013

On behalf of all Americans, I send best wishes to the people of Senegal as they celebrate 53 years of independence on April 4. We congratulate Senegal on having completed last year yet another series of free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections, marking another milestone for improved governance and transparency in your great country. Senegalese civil society distinguished itself in its active participation in the democratic process, and serves as an example for all of Africa.

The United States and Senegal share many binding ties: our respect for human rights and the rule of law, our commitment to democracy and religious diversity, and our goal for economic opportunity.

The United States looks forward to playing an even stronger role as a close friend and ally in achieving our common goals and helping all Senegalese enjoy greater benefits of peace and equality in the coming year.

PRN: 2013/0366