Thursday, 23 October 2014

U.S. Government Congratulates Zambia On Its Golden Jubilee

John Kerry
By Paul Shalala

United States Secretary of State John Kerry has congratulated Zambia's 50 years of peace and democracy ahead of the southern African state's Golden Jubilee tomorrow.

Below is the full message by Mr Kerry as posted on the U.S State Department website.




Press Statement

John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
October 23, 2014




 Zambia National Day

"On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Zambia on the 50th anniversary of your independence on October 24.

Fifty years ago, when your country was born, thousands of Zambians took to the streets shouting kwatcha – the dawn. Today, Zambia’s dawn and the promise of peace and democracy has become a reality.

As representatives from all over the world gather in Lusaka to celebrate your Jubilee, Assistant Secretary of State Linda Thomas-Greenfield will be there to represent America and pay tribute to your inspiring record.  Time and time again, Zambians have stood up, voted, and let leadership change hands peacefully.

Our two nations are united in mutual respect and responsibility for universal values.  President Obama and I were pleased to welcome Vice President Scott to the African Leaders’ Summit in August, and discuss so many important issues at this transformative moment for Africa.

We will continue to work closely to strengthen democracy, support human rights, spur economic growth, and improve the health and education of the Zambian people.

As you celebrate this special day, the United States stands with you as a partner and friend."

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