U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, released the following statement marking the 95th birthday of former South African president Nelson Mandela:
"Especially in these last few months, the world has been reminded of Nelson Mandela's historic contribution to South Africa and the world. Madiba's service is an enduring reminder of what it means to place the good of a nation's people above his own self-interest -- a lesson from which we can all benefit. I am pleased to be able to celebrate President Mandela's 95th birthday today, and to honor his lifetime of extraordinary service. He remains in my prayers as I hope for his continued recovery."