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Benin’s National Day

Press Statement

John Kerry
Secretary of State

Washington, DC
August 2, 2016


On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of Benin as you celebrate the 56th anniversary of your nation’s independence on August 1.

Benin and the United States enjoy a close friendship that is firmly rooted in the interests we share and the values we uphold. Your country’s position as one of the leading pillars of democracy in West Africa was reaffirmed by the free and fair elections conducted this year. My government looks forward to working closely with you in the year ahead to promote good governance, sustainable economic growth, access to quality health care, and security for all your citizens.

On this joyous day, I wish all Beninese happiness and prosperity.


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