Senegal Celebrates Its National Day

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The citizens of Senegal today celebrated 52nd anniversary of their independence.

Senegal gained it independence in 4 April 1960 and its complete independence was achieved in 20th of August 1960. Senegal is located in Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania.

US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking in Washington, DC, extended the congratulations of President Obama and the people of the United States, to the people of Senegal on their National Day.

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A woman of Senegal.

UN Photo/John Isaac Ms. Clinton says Senegal’s recent peaceful transfer of power through the ballot box is an historic victory for democracy in Africa, and an important step forward for the Senegalese people.

Together, both two countries share a commitment to the tenets of democracy, good governance, and economic development, Ms. Clinton added.

Both countries are standing up on behalf of peace and security through our support for regional peacekeeping operations.

And businesses from the United States are looking for new ways to invest in Senegal, she added.

“Your achievements serve as a model to other African nations. As you celebrate your National Day with family, friends, and loved ones, know that the United States is your partner and friend.” -Ms. Clinton

The United States is committed to their relationship and to a brighter future for all their people.

On 25th of March 2012, Senegalese voters return to the polls on Sunday in the country’s crucial presidential runoff to exercise their rights and made their voices heard through a peaceful, democratic election.

Reports say the 85-year-old incumbent Abdoulaye Wade is faced with massive opposition for his controversial bid for a third term.

The Senegal government government proclaimed Macky Sall as the the country’s new president.

With its commitment to address malnutrition in Senegal, more than 25,000 at-risk pre-school and elementary students in Senegal are set to benefit from a new daily lunch initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and implemented by the nonprofit Counterpart International.

The three-year program starts in March and provides U.S. commodities, technical assistance and other resources to children in 156 schools in Senegal’s remote province of Matam, as well as providing rations for 1,600 pregnant and lactating women.

Senegal enjoys a superb relationship with the United States. The Government of Senegal has supported the U.S. in the United Nations, particularly in troop contributions for peacekeeping activities.

The United States maintains friendly and positive relations with Senegal and provides considerable economic and technical assistance.

Senegal is said to be the only nation on mainland West Africa not to have seen a coup or civil war since independence.

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