Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
August 3, 2010


On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Niger on the 50th anniversary of your independence this August 3. We remain committed to working with the Transition Government as it prepares for Niger’s return to democracy, good governance, and rule of law.

Niger has warmly welcomed our Peace Corps volunteers for nearly 50 years, and we are proud that more than 3,000 Americans have partnered with the people of Niger to build cultural bridges and strengthen Niger’s capacity for development. The United States has assisted Niger in overcoming food security deficits and addressing periodic humanitarian challenges, and we will remain a reliable partner for these efforts.

On this historic occasion, I offer the best wishes of the American people for a safe and joyous fiftieth anniversary, and I reaffirm the commitment of the United States to our enduring friendship.



PRN: 2010/1045

[This is a mobile copy of Niger's Independence Day]