On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I am honored to congratulate the people of Rwanda as they celebrate their nation’s independence on July 1 and their Liberation Day on July 4. Our two countries have long enjoyed a strong partnership based on a shared commitment to promoting peace and prosperity on the African continent and throughout the world. The United States greatly appreciates Rwanda’s contributions to international peacekeeping missions, and we commend Rwanda for its remarkable progress in increasing its citizens’ access to education, health care, and economic opportunity. We look forward to deepening our cooperation with Rwanda in the coming years as we continue to work together to expand efforts to strengthen democracy and respect for human rights, increase bilateral trade and investment, and create jobs and learning opportunities for both of our countries.
On this, the 56th anniversary of Rwanda’s independence, I wish all Rwandans a safe and festive Independence Day.