On behalf of the United States of America and the American people, I congratulate the people of Burkina Faso on the 63rd anniversary of your independence.

The United States recognizes the many sacrifices and lives lost due to terrorist violence and offers its heartfelt condolences.  Despite the significant challenges Burkina Faso has faced this year in the fight against violent extremism, the resilience and determination of the Burkinabe people shine brightly.  The United States of America stands with people of Burkina Faso in their pursuit of and transition to democratic governance and the protection of human rights for all.  We unite in the desire to advance a strong, secure, and economically prosperous Burkina Faso.

Congratulations as you celebrate your national day.

U.S. Department of State

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