Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
August 31, 2010

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of the Slovak Republic as you celebrate the 18th anniversary of your constitution on September 1.

Today, we honor your constitution and your commitment to the principles of freedom and democracy that bind our nations together. In less than 20 years, the Slovak Republic has transformed from a land locked behind the Iron Curtain into a vibrant democracy and a full member of NATO and the European Union. We appreciate the Slovak Republic’s partnership as we defend our shared ideals and advance our common goals around the world, particularly in Afghanistan where our soldiers continue to help the Afghan people build a better, more secure future for their country.

The United States also joins you in mourning and remembering those who tragically lost their lives in Devinska Nova Ves on August 30. We are saddened by this senseless loss of life and extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of those who perished and were injured on Monday.

I wish the people of the Slovak Republic a day of safe and peaceful celebration. The United States is honored to be your ally, your partner, and your friend. I look forward to continuing to deepen our relationship as we work together to build a free, stable, and more prosperous world.

PRN: 2010/1182