Sao Tome and Principe National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
July 11, 2013

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I send my congratulations to the people of Sao Tome and Principe on the 38th anniversary of your independence this July 12.

The United States applauds your commitment to economic and democratic development. From the time Sao Tome and Principe gained its independence, your country has emerged as a force for peace and stability in the Gulf of Guinea and beyond. We also recognize your engagement on environmental issues, which are so vital to the region and demand a shared response.

As you celebrate your anniversary of independence, the United States looks forward to continued friendship and stands ready to work with the people and Government of Sao Tome and Principe to seize the common possibilities that lie before us.

PRN: 2013/0871