On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Benin as you celebrate the 53rd anniversary of your nation’s independence on August 1. The United States and Benin share a friendship based on common interests and values. Since the 1990s, Benin has held multiple free and fair elections, cementing its role as a democratic leader in West Africa. We look forward to deepening our partnership to promote good governance and economic development, regional stability, and the empowerment of vulnerable populations. On this special day, the United States wishes the Government and people of Benin a festive celebration and a peaceful, prosperous future.
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