On the Occasion of Malta's Independence Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 21, 2014

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Malta as you celebrate your Independence Day on September 21.

Today marks 50 years since independence came to your country by democratic vote. Decades later, Malta’s steadfast promotion of economic prosperity and human rights stands as a powerful example of democracy’s promise. Your country continues to stand up for these values this year by hosting the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law.

We wish you a joyous celebration as you observe your Independence Day.