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Burkina Faso's Independence Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
December 8, 2010


On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Burkina Faso on the 50th anniversary of your independence this December 11.

Burkina Faso and the United States proudly work together to strengthen democracy, advance human rights, and pursue sustainable development for the people of Burkina Faso and throughout West Africa. Burkina Faso has been a valued advocate for regional peace and stability as a mediator and through your contributions to African peacekeeping operations. The United States looks forward to expanding our partnership in the years to come as we work together to implement Burkina Faso’s Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact.

The United States firmly believes in the promise and bright future of Burkina Faso. I wish all Burkinabè a safe and joyous fiftieth anniversary celebration.

PRN: 2010/1770


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