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Message by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Botswana...

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Botswana on your National Day this September 30.

The United States and Botswana have a vibrant partnership rooted in our common values and interests, and our shared history. On this occasion, we celebrate the enduring friendship between our two countries.

Botswana is a model of stability in Southern Africa and continues to provide leadership on vital regional issues. Our strong and growing partnership to build economic prosperity, promote democratic governance, combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and conserve the environment is evidence of what we can achieve with close cooperation and mutual respect.

The United States values our relationship with Botswana and your commitment to addressing regional and global challenges through international collaboration. We look forward to expanding our partnership to new areas in the future.

I wish the Batswana people happiness and continued success as you celebrate your national day.

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 28, 2010.


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