Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
August 15, 2012


On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of the Gabonese Republic on the 52nd anniversary of your independence this August 17.

Your leadership and commitment to environmental protection and conservation, including the recent ivory burning, sends a strong and important message to the world about the role we all play for the future of our environment. We applaud your efforts toward greater regional cooperation on environmental issues, such as hosting the Central African Wildlife Trafficking Workshop in April. The United States will continue to work with Gabon to help diversify your economic potential, ensure security in the Gulf of Guinea, and expand trade between our nations.

As you celebrate this special day, know that the United States stands with you as a partner and friend. Congratulations and best wishes for continued peace and prosperity in the year ahead.



PRN: 2012/1313

[This is a mobile copy of Gabonese Republic's National Day]