Remarks
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
April 17, 2010


On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of Zimbabwe as you celebrate 30 years of independence on April 18.

The United States believes in Zimbabwe’s promise and we support your aspirations to build an open and participatory democracy with respect for rule of law and fundamental freedoms.

The United States provides more than $300 million per year to support Zimbabwe’s economic reforms and a democratic transition, as well as for humanitarian, food, and health assistance.

We also continue to challenge Zimbabwe’s leaders to act in good faith to fully implement the Global Political Agreement and share power in an inclusive and transparent fashion for the benefit of all Zimbabweans. I urge Zimbabwe’s leaders to continue to move toward democratic reform and to open political space.

The people of Zimbabwe have persevered through considerable adversity in recent years. The United States will continue to stand with you and work with you on the road to a more peaceful and prosperous future for Zimbabwe.



PRN: 2010/468

[This is a mobile copy of Zimbabwe National Day]