Croatia's Statehood Day

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

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to congratulate the people of the Republic of Croatia as you celebrate your declaration of independence this June 25.

Croatia’s accession into the European Union in just a few short days makes this celebration even more significant and special this year. Your tremendous progress in less than a quarter of a century is impressive and this milestone is one to be proud of. The United States values your steady commitment to addressing regional and global challenges, and we remain committed to standing with you as you move forward.

As you celebrate this special day, know that the United States is a partner and friend. I wish all the people of Croatia the very best and look forward to deepening our partnership in the years to come.

PRN: 2013/0784