On the Occasion of Our Lady of Meritxell Day in Andorra

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 6, 2016

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I offer warm wishes to the people of Andorra as you celebrate your national holiday, Our Lady of Meritxell Day, on September 8.

With its long history of independence dating back to medieval times, Andorra exemplifies the enduring spirit of successful self-governance. Your country’s strong tradition of protecting human rights and promoting freedom has yielded outstanding social and economic progress at home while providing an example for others to follow. Andorra’s commitment to advancing democratic principles makes your country a valued partner to the United States.

Please accept my congratulations as you celebrate the rich, enduring history of your country on this special day.