U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
July 29, 2010
On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Benin on the 50th anniversary of your independence this August 1. The strong partnership between the United States and Benin is rooted in our shared respect for the fundamental principles of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.
Benin’s vibrant democracy and stability make it an important regional ally in West Africa. We appreciate the positive role Benin has played in international mediation and peacekeeping, and we are proud to support Benin’s efforts to improve the health, education, and welfare of all its citizens. The United States will continue working with you to reduce poverty and promote broad economic growth.
On this historic occasion, I wish the people of Benin a happy Independence Day and health and prosperity for years to come.