Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
May 1, 2013

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Poland as you celebrate the 222nd anniversary of your constitution this May 3.

Poland continues to inspire advocates of freedom around the world and set an example of steadfast engagement on behalf of prosperity, democracy, and security.

The Polish people know how important and difficult it is to stand up to tyranny. We particularly appreciate Poland’s leadership in the Community of Democracies, and the tangible support Poland has provided for emerging civil societies from Eastern Europe to North Africa. We value our extensive security relationship with Poland, including as NATO Allies, and are proud to serve alongside Polish soldiers in Afghanistan.

As you celebrate Constitution Day, know that the United States stands with you. Ours is an alliance based on the ties of family, a love of freedom, and a shared vision based on common values.

This inspires both our nations as we work toward a free, prosperous, and democratic world.

PRN: 2013/0493