On the Occasion of Estonia's National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
February 20, 2014

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Estonia as they celebrate 96 years since the founding of their republic in 1918.

Estonia is a key ally and a recognized leader on cyber security and Internet freedom. In December 2013, Estonia and the United States formalized our commitment to continue to work together to enhance an open, secure, and reliable information and communications infrastructure while we also continue to build our law enforcement capacity, educational and cultural linkages, and civil society partnerships.

As Estonia marks its tenth anniversary in NATO, we recognize its commitment to peace and to our collective security. We particularly appreciate that Estonia continues to meet the NATO goals of committing two percent of its Gross Domestic Product on defense. We also welcome Estonia’s efforts to increase bilateral trade and investment, as well as its support for the goals of the U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

As Estonians celebrate their independence with family and friends, the United States stands with them as a steadfast partner and friend. I wish all Estonian people continued peace and prosperity.