On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of Cote d’Ivoire as you celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of your independence this August 7.
Cote d’Ivoire has made great progress in the last few years in resolving the complex challenges that come with a diverse population. On this historic occasion, you can reflect with pride on the tolerance, hard work and determination that helped your country become a leader in West Africa. These same values can also be the foundations for a successful future. The United States supports the people of Cote d’Ivoire’s aspirations for renewed democracy, and we share your eagerness for elections that will help move the country beyond political stalemate to lasting unity. Political stability and the rule of law are vital building blocks for a prosperous and sustainable future.
I wish all Ivoirians a safe and joyous Independence Day and reaffirm the commitment of the United States to our enduring friendship. May this year be the beginning of a new era of peace and prosperity in Cote d’Ivoire.
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