A video message can be viewed here: http://video.state.gov/en/video/407524077001
This August 19th, on behalf of President Obama and the American people, I want to congratulate the people of Afghanistan on 91 years of independence.
This is an occasion to celebrate the freedom your nation achieved more than nine decades ago—a proud moment in your long and rich history. It is also a chance to look to the future—a future that people across Afghanistan are working hard to build, in partnership with citizens from many nations, joined together in a shared vision of a secure, stable, and prosperous Afghanistan.
I had the honor of visiting Afghanistan last month—the fifth visit I’ve made in my lifetime and my second as Secretary of State. And every time I return, I’m reminded of the warmth of the Afghan people and the resilience that you show in the face of great challenges. I have seen for myself the progress that you’ve been making and that we’ve been honored to support you in doing—one street at a time, one community at a time—promoting peace and planting the seeds for long-term progress.
The people of the United States share a stake in your future. So we are proud to join you today in celebrating your past. But more importantly, as we extend to you our best wishes for a happy and safe Independence Day, to send you our strong support, our partnership and our friendship for all of the years ahead. Thank you very much.