On the Occasion of the Day of German Unity

Press Statement
Rex W. Tillerson
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
October 2, 2017

On behalf of the United States Government, I congratulate the people of Germany on your celebration of the Day of German Unity on October 3.

Germany is a beacon of democracy to Europe and the rest of the world. Our shared commitment to peace and freedom lies at the heart of the strong U.S.-German relationship, and our ties thrive on our robust economic partnership, cultural and travel exchanges, and the enduring bonds of friendship between our people. In appreciation of the strength and promise of our bilateral relationship, I made my first official trip as Secretary to Germany to chart a course for continued U.S.-German cooperation on the challenges of our day. Germany’s commitment to freedom, security, and stability encourages other countries to do the same, and I thank you for helping to make the world a safer place.

As you gather in Mainz and in cities and towns across Germany, I wish you continued good fortune and thank you for all the contributions you are making to a Europe whole, free, and at peace.