On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Belgium as you celebrate your national day this July 21. This special occasion marks the tremendous contributions of Belgians all across the globe.
The bond between our two countries has only strengthened over time, and we are proud to call the Belgian people our partners and friends. As we approach the 68th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, Americans proudly remember the soldiers of the Free Belgian Forces who stood shoulder to shoulder to liberate Belgium from the tyranny and oppression of Nazism. Since our cooperation and victory in World War II, the Belgian-American relationship has remained one of mutual respect, trust, and cooperation. From your work in Afghanistan and your strong support for the people of Libya to your unwavering commitment to NATO, Belgium is promoting peace and prosperity around the world.
Since the United States and Belgium established diplomatic relations 180 years ago, we have faced numerous global challenges together. I look forward to strengthening our relationship even more. Congratulations and best wishes for peace and prosperity in the year to come.