Niger's National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
August 2, 2013

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Niger as you celebrate the 53rd anniversary of your independence this August 3.

The United States applauds the government and people of Niger for your commitment to strengthening democratic institutions, promoting human rights, and advancing regional security. Your steadfast embrace of tolerance and rejection of violence following the tragic terrorist attacks in Agadez and Arlit has set an example for the world.

The United States looks forward to continued partnership as our countries work to achieve common goals and a healthy, prosperous and secure future for the people of Niger.

The United States wishes all the people of Niger a joyous and peaceful independence day celebration.

PRN: 2013/0954