On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the government and people of the Republic of Burundi as you celebrate the 50th anniversary of your independence this July 1.
The United States is committed to Burundi’s political and economic development, and we support your government’s recent efforts to eradicate poverty and promote economic stability to improve the lives and future of the Burundian people. Burundi’s support to the African Union Mission in Somalia has helped improved stability in the region and created an environment where political reform is possible.
We join you as partners and friends as you celebrate this special anniversary. And we look forward to even greater cooperation in the year ahead as we work toward regional peace and continued prosperity.