Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
August 18, 2011

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to congratulate the people of Afghanistan as you celebrate 92 years of independence this August 19.

This is an opportunity to reflect on your achievements and recommit to a future of greater possibility for your children and grandchildren. The process of transitioning security responsibilities to the Afghan Government will place you, the people of Afghanistan, firmly in charge of your own security and destiny. As your government leads ongoing peace and reconciliation efforts, all Afghans can look forward to a better future, with your freedom and stability secured by your own citizens.

Being independent, however, does not mean being alone. Throughout this transition and beyond, the United States will remain committed to Afghanistan and the region. We will continue to help the Afghan people rebuild after decades of war and assist the Afghan government, security forces, and civil society. The United States will remain a committed partner and friend.

I am delighted to send best wishes to all Afghans for a safe and happy Independence Day. We look forward to many years of continued friendship and cooperation working toward a more peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan.

PRN: 2011/ 1348

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

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