The citizens of Rwanda today celebrated their 49 years of independence.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sent her best wishes to the people of Rwanda as they celebrate their national day.
Ms. Clinton stressed that the United States applauds Rwanda for their dedication defending and protecting others.
“From your support for important resolutions at the United Nations Human Rights Council, to your strong encouragement for United Nations action in Libya, to your devotion to peacekeeping efforts throughout Africa, you are demonstrating your commitment to the security of the region.” -Ms. Clinton
She emphasized that Rwandan peacekeepers have joined United Nations missions in Sudan, Haiti, Liberia, Chad, and the Central Africa Republic.
Ms. Clinton underscored that Rwanda and the United States share a strong history of friendship and cooperation. She said both countries are committed to deepening their relationship in the years to come.
“As you gather with family and friends on this special day, know that the United States stands with you. We look forward to strengthening our ties as we work towards common goals in the region.” -Ms. Clinton
Economy of Rwanda has suffered heavily during the 1994 Genocide. There was widespread loss of life, loss of livelihoods, violence and neglect of important cash crops.