On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I send my best wishes to the people of Norway on your Constitution Day this May 17. For nearly two hundred years, the Norwegian people have contributed in ways large and small to America's growth and prosperity. Today, we celebrate Norway’s strength, the contributions by Americans of Norwegian descent, and the rich legacy woven throughout our common history.
Norway's commitment to the tenets of democracy, progress and human rights inspires countless countries around the world. These ideals guide us as we work together to support those who stand up against tyranny and oppression. Norwegian contributions to the international forces in Afghanistan and to the NATO mission in Libya are a key part of the global partnership in these regions. We are grateful to be working side by side with Norwegians on these and many other issues of common concern.
On this Syttende Mai, please accept our warmest wishes and know that the United States is committed to this relationship and to the future of both our people.