On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Zambia as you commemorate the 49th anniversary of your independence on October 24.
The partnership between our nations is grounded in mutual respect and mutual responsibility. The United States applauds Zambia's proud tradition of unity and peace and your commitment to a democratic future that respects individual freedoms and responsible governance.
The United States remains committed to supporting democracy, human rights, health, education, food security, and economic growth in Zambia. We look forward to deepening our partnership as we take on these challenges and seize the common possibilities that lie before us.
As you celebrate this special day, the United States stands with you as a partner and friend. I offer you best wishes for a future of peace, prosperity, and opportunity.