On behalf of the United States, I offer warm wishes to the people of Zambia as they celebrate forty-five years of independence on October 24. The partnership between our nations is grounded in mutual respect and mutual responsibility, and it enhances the security and prosperity of all our people. We are working together to fulfill the promise of democracy: education, health, and prosperity for every Zambian.
Independence Day is an opportunity to honor Zambia’s tradition of unity and peace, reflected in the motto “One Zambia, One Nation,” and to reaffirm its commitment to a democratic future that ensures respect for individual freedoms and responsible governance. Zambia’s democratic institutions and its efforts to promote transparency and accountability in government are key to its future stability and prosperity.
President Obama and I believe in Zambia’s promise and we are committed to Zambia’s future. On this historic occasion, I congratulate the people of Zambia on their accomplishments and look forward to deepening and strengthening our partnership.