Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of Cote d’Ivoire as you celebrate the 56th anniversary of your nation’s independence on August 7.
"Looking to the future, Cote d’Ivoire has many reasons for confidence, including your country’s robust rate of economic growth, a decline in poverty, and democratic progress in the wake of successful elections last fall.
"The friendship between our two countries is based on shared values and a commitment to working together closely to build prosperity, foster development, protect the environment, and safeguard the security of our citizens from violent extremism and other threats. We look forward to continued partnership with you in all of these areas and more.
"I offer my warmest wishes to the Ivoirian people on this special day and throughout the year to come."