On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of the United Republic of Tanzania as you celebrate the forty-sixth anniversary of the union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar on April 26. This is an opportunity to celebrate the culture and accomplishments of your peaceful, tolerant and democratic country, and to reaffirm the bonds of friendship between our peoples.
We commend Tanzania for its work to promote regional stability, broad-based and inclusive prosperity, and democratic governance. And we salute your participation in peacekeeping operations from Sudan to Lebanon.
Your commitment to transparent governance and inclusive growth provides a foundation for the Millennium Challenge Compact we signed in 2008. Under this partnership, we are working together to support the Government of Tanzania’s efforts to reduce poverty through expanding remote populations’ access to transportation, electricity, and water. And through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the President’s Malaria Initiative, we are working together to improve the health of Tanzania’s citizens.
Americans and Tanzanians learn from one another every day through our Peace Corps program, with volunteers serving in every corner of the country from Mtwara to Mwanza, as well as through an array of educational and cultural exchanges. I have been privileged to experience the warmth and generosity of the Tanzanian people myself during my own travel to your beautiful country.
May the coming year bring continued peace and prosperity to Tanzania. I offer you best wishes for a safe and happy holiday.