Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of President Obama and the citizens of the United States, I congratulate the people of Kenya as you mark the 52nd anniversary of your nation’s independence on December 12.

"Last May, I had the privilege of visiting Kenya, where I found a population rich in culture, strengthened by diversity, dedicated to democratic principles, and eager to expand prosperity and promote stability and peace for its own families and for all of East Africa.

"Jamhuri Day is an opportunity to showcase this commitment and to celebrate Kenya’s progress over the past half-century. The people of the United States value their friendship with Kenya, and look forward to continuing to work closely with you in months and years to come.

"Once again, I offer my congratulations and best wishes to all Kenyans on this special day."