Washington, DC - Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: "On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I extend my best wishes to the people of the Central African Republic as you celebrate your national day on December 1.

"The United States applauds the people of the Central African Republic for addressing challenges and hardships over the years. Today, we celebrate the friendship between our two nations. As Central Africans work to create a more peaceful, democratic, and prosperous future, you will find a steadfast partner in the United States.

"As you celebrate this proud occasion, I would like to extend my best wishes for peace, unity, and prosperity for all Central Africans in the year ahead."