On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to congratulate the people of Azerbaijan as you observe Republic Day this May 28. This is a special occasion to honor your rich culture and history and celebrate the significant achievements that Azerbaijan has made since regaining independence twenty years ago.
I was delighted to visit Baku last year for my first visit to the city and to the country. I was impressed with the dynamism and potential of Azerbaijan and the strength of its people.
The United States and Azerbaijan have a strong relationship based on mutual interests and respect. We are working together to address a range of global challenges and seize opportunities. We are working to support regional security and stability, enhance energy security and promote even greater economic and political reforms. The United States remains committed to strengthening the partnership between our two countries.
On this special day, I send the people of Azerbaijan my very best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous year to come.
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