On the Occasion of Estonia's National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
February 22, 2016

On behalf of President Obama and the citizens of the United States, I offer my warmest congratulations to the people of Estonia as you celebrate on February 24th the anniversary of the founding of your Republic.

As NATO Allies, our two countries work closely to promote peace, freedom, and prosperity around the world. Estonians should be proud of the respect their nation has earned because of the strength of its democratic institutions, its participation in multilateral peacekeeping missions, its unwavering support for European integration and transatlantic unity, and its leadership in fostering innovation, e-governance, and cybersecurity. Estonia is also justly admired for its achievements in the arts, including its award-winning filmmakers and the works of revered composer Arvo Pärt.

Since Estonia’s founding in 1918, through wars both hot and cold, the United States and Estonia have remained stalwart partners and friends. On this special occasion, I wish the people of Estonia the very best as we pay tribute to those whose past sacrifice and future hopes have made Estonia the resilient and vibrant country it is today.