Romania's National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
November 28, 2014

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate all Romanians as you celebrate your Unification Day on December 1.

Ninety-six years ago, the people of Romania created a democracy that guaranteed equality for all nationalities and religions and protected the freedoms of press, association, and speech. We pay tribute to those visionary leaders and applaud all those who continue to defend those fundamental rights and strengthen your democracy, rule of law, and national diversity.

The United States is grateful for Romania’s strong partnership on regional and global security challenges. As NATO allies, our soldiers serve side-by-side in Afghanistan. They carry out joint military training exercises. And they collaborate at military bases in your country like Deveselu and Mihail Kogalniceanu.

As you celebrate with family and friends, I look forward to building on our strategic partnership for many years to come.