On the Occasion of Poland's Constitution Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
April 29, 2016

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the Polish people as you celebrate the 225th anniversary of Europe’s oldest written constitution on May 3.

The President and I look forward to joining you in July for the NATO Summit in Warsaw, which will be a fitting showcase for the continued strength and resolve of our Alliance in a period of considerable stress.

The bonds between our two peoples extend back to the period of American independence, were invigorated through solidarity at Cold War’s end, and have been strengthened further by our joint commitment to shared ideals of democracy and the rule of law. Today, our nations collaborate closely on a range of economic and security issues, and our soldiers serve side by side in regions around the world. Together, we are determined to resist all threats to the safety and well-being of our citizens.

During my last visit to Poland, I was deeply impressed by the young researchers, entrepreneurs, educators, and innovators I had a chance to meet. These talented individuals are crafting a bright future for Poland and developing ideas that will make life better and more prosperous for us all.

Best wishes to all the people of Poland as you celebrate Constitution Day.