Democratic Republic of the Congo National Day

Press Statement
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 30, 2018

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I am pleased to offer a warm greeting to the citizens of the Democratic Republic of the Congo as they celebrate the 58th anniversary of their country’s independence.

Today, as we reflect on the challenges the Democratic Republic of the Congo has faced over the past 58 years, the United States reiterates its commitment to standing with all Congolese as they prepare for elections and a historic democratic transfer of power in the coming months. In this spirit of friendship, we salute the efforts of all Congolese citizens working to promote human rights and a peaceful, free, and open electoral process this December.