On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Kenya as you celebrate your Golden Jubilee on December 12.
Jamhuri Day is a testament to the strength of the Kenyan people. The United States applauds Kenya for holding a peaceful national election this year and for implementing its new constitution.
The devastating Nairobi airport fire and the tragic terrorist attack at the Westgate Mall tested the nation's strength, but Kenyans united in the face of adversity to overcome these challenges with courage and resolve.
The United States and Kenya have been friends for half a century. We celebrate all that we have accomplished together, and we remain committed to working with Kenya to meet the challenges and seize the common possibilities that lie ahead.