On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the Egyptian people as you mark your National Day on July 23. This is an opportunity to celebrate Egypt’s rich history and culture and to reaffirm the bonds of friendship that have united our two countries for many years. I have been privileged to experience first-hand the warmth and generosity of the Egyptian people and the beauty of your ancient nation.
The partnership between Egypt and the United States is a cornerstone of stability and prosperity in the Middle East and around the world. We are working together to meet many regional and global challenges, including efforts to end poverty, achieve a comprehensive peace between Israel and its neighbors based on a two-state solution that guarantees security and dignity for all the parties, and confront the violent extremism that has targeted innocent civilians in both our countries.
The deep cultural, commercial, and educational ties between the Egyptian and American peoples and the partnership between our governments are rooted in mutual respect, mutual interest and mutual responsibility -- in the common aspirations our people share for a future that is more secure, more prosperous, and more free. Our friendship provides us a foundation for meeting the challenges and seizing the opportunities of the 21st century together.
On this occasion, I offer you our warmest wishes for a happy holiday and a peaceful and prosperous year to come.