Rwanda National Day

us sdJohn Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Rwanda on the 53rd anniversary of your independence on July 1.

On this day, we recognize Rwanda’s many achievements since its independence. Rwanda is widely recognized as a leader in advancing opportunities for girls and women, including in government and business, and by expanding access to secondary and higher education, particularly in the sciences.

Rwanda has continued to deepen its commitment to international peacekeeping with over five thousand troops and police participating in peacekeeping missions in Africa and the Caribbean, including Central African Republic, Darfur and South Sudan.

We value our partnership in trade, investment, and economic development, and look forward to building greater opportunities that will enhance prosperity among the people of both our countries.

The United States looks forward to continuing to work with you to further advance health and food security, and to promote regional security and cooperation. We are also committed to supporting democracy, human rights, and civil society in Rwanda.

As you gather with family and friends on this joyous day, I wish all Rwandans peace and prosperity in the year ahead.