On the Occasion of Italy's Republic Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
May 29, 2015

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Italy on your Republic Day on June 2.

Italy is a grand and glorious country, blessed with natural beauty and a vibrant culture. I have been fortunate to visit your country throughout my life and several times as Secretary of State, and each time is as breathtaking as the first.

The United States stands with Italy in our commitment to representative government, personal freedoms, and human rights. The United States also looks to you as a trusted friend and transatlantic partner. We address the most challenging issues of our time – from fighting violent extremism, to combatting climate change, to creating economic growth and prosperity.

The strength and resolve of the Italian people will be on display as the world comes together at the Milan Expo 2015 to find solutions to worldwide agricultural and nutrition challenges. I look forward to my own visit to mark this occasion.

In the spirit of our centuries-old friendship, I extend best wishes as you celebrate the 69th anniversary of your Republic Day. I look forward to continuing our proud tradition of cooperation and friendship in the coming year.