Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 2, 2010


On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the Sammarinese people as you celebrate the Feast of San Marino on September 3.

The United States has a special respect for San Marino as one of the world’s oldest republics. The Republic of San Marino has flourished politically and economically since its founding through a strong tradition of independence and self-governance. From the time that the Captains Regent of San Marino conferred honorary citizenship on President Abraham Lincoln as a show of solidarity during our Civil War, our relationship has been a source of strength and encouragement for both our countries.

I wish all the people of San Marino a happy holiday and a successful year to come as the friendship between our nations continues to grow.

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PRN: 2010/1197

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