Lesotho National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
October 4, 2014

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho on the 48th anniversary of your independence. At a time when political tensions in Lesotho have been high, it is important to remember that the United States and Lesotho have forged an enduring friendship. We call on all parties to continue the current peaceful dialogue and remain focused on creating new opportunities for the Basotho people. The United States will continue working to strengthen democratic institutions, promote sustainable economic growth and development, and elevate the fight against HIV/AIDS. On this special day, I offer all Basotho best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous future.