On the behalf of the Government and the people of the United States of America, it is my honor and pleasure to congratulate the people of The Gambia on their 57th anniversary of independence.

The people of the United States and The Gambia have many traits in common: belief in democracy, respect for human rights at home and abroad, and a commitment to justice.  I commend The Gambia on its successful election in December and encourage the government to continue the work of the Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission to heal the wounds of the past and move toward a more just society.

As Gambians around the world celebrate Independence Day this year, please know that your friends and partners in the United States celebrate alongside you and look forward to many celebrations together.

U.S. Department of State

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