WASHINGTON – A top-ranked U.S. official recognized Afghanistan’s independence day on Sunday, August 18th.
Speaking for “President Obama and the people of the United States,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sent “best wishes to the government and people of Afghanistan as you celebrate your Independence Day on August 19.”
Speaking of the “enduring partnership” between the United States and Afghanistan, Kerry said the relationship is “founded on mutual respect and common interests.”
Kerry said the people of Afghanistan are working to “build a peaceful, prosperous and unified nation that respects the rights of women and minorities in every fabric of society” and that the United States is committed to working with the Afghans.
Kerry noted progress in the Middle East nation since the war against terrorism and the Taliban began years ago.
“There has been inspiring progress across Afghanistan in many sectors, including health care, media, education, women’s rights, trade and commerce. During the past year alone, the Afghan people have also taken significant steps to prepare for the coming security and political transitions, from the milestone event on June 18 that marked Afghan forces taking the lead for security across the country to the new electoral laws that set the stage for the coming 2014 elections. At the same time, Afghans continue to build their economy by working toward WTO accession, attracting private sector investment and developing their natural resources.
“This progress is creating a better life for all Afghans. As you celebrate your independence, the United States shares your commitment to a strong and sovereign Afghanistan where Afghans enjoy security, peace, prosperity, and dignity for generations to come.”