Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
July 1, 2011

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Rwanda as you celebrate 49 years of independence this July 4.

The United States applauds Rwanda for your dedication defending and protecting others. From your support for important resolutions at the United Nations Human Rights Council, to your strong encouragement for United Nations action in Libya, to your devotion to peacekeeping efforts throughout Africa, you are demonstrating your commitment to the security of the region. Rwandan peacekeepers have joined United Nations missions in Sudan, Haiti, Liberia, Chad, and the Central Africa Republic.

Rwanda and the United States share a strong history of friendship and cooperation, and we are committed to deepening this relationship in the years to come. As you gather with family and friends on this special day, know that the United States stands with you. We look forward to strengthening our ties as we work towards common goals in the region.

PRN: 2011/1107

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