Tunisia's National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
March 21, 2016


On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to join the Tunisian people in celebrating the 60th anniversary of Tunisia’s independence.

Tunisians continue to build upon their country’s rich history and remarkable achievements since 2011, which remain a truly inspiring example throughout the region and for the world. Indeed, we commend the courage of the Tunisian people, whose commitment to peaceful dialogue, consensus building, and compromise have enshrined citizen engagement as a cornerstone of their inclusive and growing democracy. We also applaud Tunisia’s commitment to ensuring security and stability, as well as to modernizing its economy, even amidst daunting challenges.

This is a moment to reflect on the strength, unity, and resolve of the Tunisian people, and all that they have achieved. I send all Tunisians my warmest wishes for a patriotic holiday and prosperous year ahead.