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On the Occasion of Austria's National Day


Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
October 25, 2013

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On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Austria as you celebrate your National Day on October 26, the 58th anniversary of Austrian neutrality.

The United States and Austria share a strong relationship based on historic ties and common values. We are especially delighted this year to celebrate the 175th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our two countries.

We have built an enduring partnership based on shared values and a commitment to promoting democracy, upholding human rights and the rule of law, and fostering economic growth and development across the world.

With your contributions to peace and security in Europe and beyond, and your commitment to environmental sustainability, Austria sets a powerful example for people everywhere.

We look forward to continuing our common efforts to build a more just, peaceful, and democratic world.



PRN: 2013/1291

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