On behalf of the United States of America, I send my congratulations to the people of the Republic of Burundi as you celebrate 61 years of independence.  We commend Burundi’s continuing political and economic reforms and welcome Burundi’s positive engagement with international financial institutions.  We also appreciate the leadership role Burundi has played in regional peace and security as Chair of the East African Community and through its active participation in peacekeeping operations.

The United States looks forward to working together over the next year to improve regional security and stability, promote economic growth, and protect and advance respect for human rights.  I extend to all Burundians my best wishes for health and prosperity in the year ahead.

U.S. Department of State

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