John Kerry -Secretary of State
On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of Niger as you celebrate the 56th anniversary of your nation's independence on August 3.
The United States commends Niger for its leadership in countering security threats and promoting economic development in the Sahel. We are committed to continued partnership in support of democratic institutions and humanitarian assistance, and we look forward to working together to improve irrigation and market access for agricultural products through the Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact you secured this year.
I wish all the people of Niger a peaceful and joyous Independence Day.