On behalf of President Obama and all Americans, I congratulate the people of Liberia as you observe 167 years of independence on July 26.
Liberia and the United States share a special bond dating back to the first days of your republic. Centuries later, that bond is stronger than ever. We remain dedicated to working with you to consolidate peace and reconciliation, support economic development, and strengthen democratic institutions.
Next month, President Obama will host 50 African heads of state -- including your own president, Ellen Sirleaf -- at the African Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. We will discuss the interests the United States shares with the entire African continent.
The United States believes that Africa's future and the future of the globe are intertwined. You are at the center of two great promises of the 21st century: tapping the economic potential of all people and making an AIDS-free generation a reality. Achieving these goals is not just important for Liberia; it's critical for all of Africa and the globe.
Together, we will work toward an ever brighter future marked by economic prosperity, dignity, and stability for all Liberians. On this day of celebration and reflection, I extend my best wishes to the people of Liberia.