Chad's National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
August 11, 2016

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I offer my best wishes to the people of Chad as you celebrate your national day on August 11.

On April 10, the Chadian people turned out in historic numbers to make your voices heard in the democratic process, and the United States commends all who participated. Our shared commitment to democracy is one of many ties that bind our nations together. We are also united in the fight against violent extremism. The United States condemns the repeated terrorist attacks that have targeted the Chadian people and security forces over the past year, and we are grateful for Chad’s leadership in the regional efforts to defeat Boko Haram and return peace and stability to the people of the region. We value Chad’s partnership in strengthening regional security, as well as in protecting refugees, advancing human rights and the rule of law, and promoting environmental and wildlife conservation.

On the occasion of the 56th anniversary of Chad’s independence, I wish the people of Chad peace and prosperity in the coming year.