Madagascar National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 26, 2015

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Madagascar as you celebrate your independence on June 26.

We encourage all parties to advance Madagascar’s democratic principles and strengthen the rule of law.  Political stability is crucial to the future of Madagascar and a necessary cornerstone for economic progress.  The United States remains committed to working with you to improve healthcare and foster economic growth.

On this joyous occasion, I wish the Malagasy people peace and prosperity in the year ahead.