Statement from Secretary of State to the people of the DRC to mark the 59th anniversary of Congolese independence

June 30, 2019

On behalf of the United States, I send warm wishes to the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo as you celebrate the 59th anniversary of your independence.

The recent transfer of power was historic, and today we salute your commitment to building a better, more stable and more prosperous future for the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  We appreciate this renewed opportunity to strengthen ties between our two nations through our Privileged Partnership for Peace and Prosperity, which focuses on improving governance, promoting peace and security, combating corruption, advancing human rights, and creating conditions for greater U.S. investment and economic growth.

The United States looks forward to our continued partnership in the years ahead.