Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I send best wishes to the people of Zimbabwe as you mark 36 years of independence on April 18.

"The United States upholds the same vision for Zimbabwe as its peopleā€”a Zimbabwe that is democratic, prosperous, and provides for its people. Over the coming year, we will continue to stand with Zimbabweans in pursuit of our shared goals."