Yemen National Unity Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
May 21, 2013

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I extend my warmest wishes to the Yemeni people on their 23rd National Unity Day.

Yemen has made important strides advancing the country’s democratic transition. Yemenis from all walks of life have come together to chart a new course for their country through their National Dialogue, setting an example for the region of meaningful change through negotiation, inclusion, and reconciliation.

We applaud the Yemeni people’s commitment to peaceful political change. We also remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in support of political reform, including those who lost their lives in the horrific terrorist attack against military parade rehearsals for last year’s National Unity Day celebration.

We will continue to support the Yemeni people in their efforts to build a unified, stable, democratic, and prosperous Yemen.

PRN: 2013/0625