Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the government and people of Liberia on the 169th anniversary of your country’s independence.
"The friendship between the United States and Liberia dates back to the founding of your Republic and is based on a broad array of shared interests and values.
"Today, we are partners in supporting strong democratic institutions, promoting security and sustainable prosperity for our citizens, and - in the wake of the Ebola epidemic - striving to improve health care infrastructure and services to the benefit of all. The United States places a high value on our bilateral relationship and we look forward to working with you to make the most of future challenges and opportunities.
"I extend my very best wishes to all Liberians as you celebrate your national day."