Macedonia's National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 5, 2014

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Macedonia as you celebrate your Independence Day on September 8th.

Macedonia's diverse population is a source of strength that continues to offer ideas, energy, and drive to move Macedonia and the region forward.

The United States proudly supported Macedonia's development and transition over the last 23 years. We remain committed to helping Macedonia strengthen the rule of law, promote media freedom, and build strong democratic foundations for an inclusive, multi-ethnic society.

We celebrate all that the people of Macedonia have achieved since your independence. We pledge to continue our work together toward a democratic, secure, and prosperous future.