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On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate the people and Government of Somalia on the 61st anniversary of your independence.  We are proud to continue our support for your efforts to build a peaceful, stable, and prosperous Somalia.

On this occasion, we urge continued cooperation among Somalia’s national and federal member state leaders to enable the conclusion of a peaceful, inclusive, and transparent electoral process as soon as possible.  This is vital to ensure a positive future for Somalia’s people.

The United States stands with Somalia as you celebrate your National Day.

U.S. Department of State

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