Cameroon National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
May 20, 2015

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Cameroon as you celebrate your national day on May 20.

Since independence, Cameroonians have sought to build a stable, prosperous, and democratic society. The people of the United States welcome your nation’s efforts to achieve this goal.

U.S. investment in Cameroon continues to rise, create jobs, improve infrastructure, and contribute to economic diversification. As you prepare to celebrate 43 years of unity, we will continue to increase investment and reduce barriers to trade.

We are also working together to bolster regional stability. The people of Cameroon are on the front lines in the courageous fight against Boko Haram. We are both helping to stabilize the Central African Republic. The United States provides equipment and training to your troops deployed there as peacekeepers. And we continue to protect endangered species, reduce the impact of climate change, curb wildlife trafficking, and improve maritime security.

On this special occasion, I wish peace and prosperity for all Cameroonians in the year ahead.