Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of Croatia as you celebrate the anniversary of your declaration of independence on June 25.

"The United States is proud to count Croatia as a close friend and ally. The values that underpin our democracies are a source of enduring strength, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration in support of prosperity, security, and other shared priorities in the months and years to come.

"I wish all the people of Croatia the very best on this special occasion."