Democratic Republic of the Congo's National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 30, 2016

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 56 years of independence.

The United States appreciates the challenges that your country has overcome and those it continues to face. We remain committed to working with you in a spirit of partnership and mutual respect as you strive to build a peaceful, more prosperous, and truly democratic future.

I extend my best wishes to you on this special day and throughout the year to come.