Botswana National Day Message

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

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of Botswana on the 50th anniversary of your nation’s independence.

My country deeply values its friendship with your government and with all of you, a friendship based on mutual respect and responsibility.

The United States particularly commends Botswana for its love of peace, its commitment to democracy, and its steadfast leadership in environmental conservation, combating wildlife trafficking, and protecting the Okavango Delta. My government is also pleased to work with you in supporting human rights, empowering women and youth, and fighting epidemic disease including HIV/AIDS and malaria.

On this special day, the United States extends its best wishes to all the people of Botswana along with hopes for a safe and prosperous year to come.