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Benin National Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
August 1, 2012


On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Benin as you celebrate the 52nd anniversary of your independence this August 1.

Both of our countries share a commitment to promoting human rights, civil liberties, and the accountability of all leaders and institutions. Benin’s strong leadership during your presidency of the African Union shows a willingness to resolve crises and create stability for your people and the rest of the continent. Your country’s continued advancement in the preservation of rule of law and a more efficient judicial system makes Benin a model of democracy in Western Africa. As the Beninese people strive to make advancements in other key areas, the United States will continue to be a partner and supporter.

As you celebrate your National Day, please know that the United States is standing with you as a partner and friend.

PRN: 2012/1254


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