Cameroon National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
May 20, 2016

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of Cameroon as you celebrate your national day on May 20.

Since independence, Cameroon has earned a reputation as a peaceful and welcoming nation, and as a lynchpin of regional stability. The United States is proud to be a partner with you in your effort to build prosperity through improved infrastructure and a more diversified economy. We are also pleased to work with you to protect endangered species, address the harmful impacts of climate change, curb wildlife trafficking, and improve maritime security.

The United States stands with you, as well, in your courageous fight against the terrorist group Boko Haram, your peacekeeping efforts in the Central African Republic, and your willingness to host hundreds of thousands of refugees who have fled conflicts in nearby lands. We deeply admire the positive international role that Cameroon continues to play to address climate change, protect endangered species, curb wildlife trafficking and improve maritime security.

On this special occasion, I wish peace and prosperity for all Cameroonians in the year ahead. On est ensemble!