Republic of the Congo's National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
August 15, 2013

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I would like to extend congratulations to the people of the Republic of the Congo as you commemorate 53 years of independence on August 15.

Our two countries have come together to address a wide range of important issues, from regional stability to environmental protection. The United States is proud to work with Congolese civil society, private sector leaders, and government officials to improve human rights, strengthen economic ties, and help build a more stable, secure, democratic, and prosperous Congo.

I wish the people of the Republic of the Congo a happy Independence Day celebration. We look forward to strengthening our ties as we work towards common goals in the region and around the globe.

PRN: 2013/1004