On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Senegal as you celebrate the 52nd anniversary of your independence this April 4th.
Senegal’s recent peaceful transfer of power through the ballot box is an historic victory for democracy in Africa, and an important step forward for the Senegalese people. Together, our two countries share a commitment to the tenets of democracy, good governance, and economic development. We are standing up on behalf of peace and security through our support for regional peacekeeping operations. And businesses from the United States are looking for new ways to invest in Senegal.
Your achievements serve as a model to other African nations. As you celebrate your National Day with family, friends, and loved ones, know that the United States is your partner and friend. We are committed to this relationship and to a brighter future for all our people.