Bhutan National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
December 17, 2015


On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I extend my best wishes and congratulations to the people of Bhutan as you celebrate the 108th anniversary of your National Day on December 17.

The United States attaches great importance to the warm ties between the peoples of our two countries and to our shared commitment to address climate change and other global challenges. Bhutan’s commitment to protecting its natural environment is a gift to future generations that we acknowledge with deep gratitude. We also appreciate Bhutan’s critical contributions to UN peacekeeping missions around the world.

As societies with a shared commitment to democracy and the rule of law, the United States and Bhutan are supporting institutions and values that have brought peace and prosperity to the Indo-Pacific region and the world. I look forward to opportunities in the New Year to deepen the cooperation between our countries.

I wish all people of the Kingdom a joyful celebration of their national day and a prosperous year ahead.