On behalf of the American people, I send my best wishes to the people and government of Benin as you observe your 59th independence day.

The United States and Benin have long benefited from a partnership that contributes to development, growth, and regional stability.  We offer our continued support as Benin strives to counter corruption, expand trade and investment opportunities, and enhance security cooperation.

As the people of Benin celebrate this anniversary, the United States reaffirms our commitment to our long-lasting partnership and close friendship.

U.S. Department of State

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