On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Cote d'Ivoire as you celebrate your national independence on August 7.
Our two nations have been partners since independence peacefully arrived in Cote d'Ivoire over half a century ago. As your new flag flew over Abidjan, one of the first congratulations to arrive was a letter from U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower. Robert Kennedy was in Cote d'Ivoire that next August to celebrate one year of peace and independence with your proud nation.
Our bonds of friendship have only grown stronger in the years since as we promote democracy and prosperity for the entire West Africa region.
Following a long tradition of mutual warmth and regard, I extend the United States' best wishes to the people of Cote d'Ivoire on your day of celebration.