Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
May 23, 2013

I am delighted to congratulate the people of Azerbaijan as you observe Republic Day this May 28.

The United States and Azerbaijan have built a vibrant partnership, and we are committed to help buttress Azerbaijan’s independence, strengthening its democratic institutions and promoting economic reforms.

On security matters, we are especially grateful for Azerbaijan’s commitment to the future of Afghanistan as our troops stand side by side on behalf of peace and security.

In addition, many years of bilateral energy cooperation will reach another milestone next month when the ultimate terminus of the Southern Corridor becomes known.

As you celebrate this special day, we look forward to working with you to build a more peaceful and prosperous world.

PRN: 2013/0634

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

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