On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, I would like to extend my best wishes to the people of Afghanistan as you celebrate the 100th anniversary of your independence on August 19.
You have much to be proud of as you celebrate a century of resilience and cultural diversity. We applaud your accomplishments of the last two decades, including significant improvements in education, health, infrastructure, women’s rights, economic opportunity, and media freedom.
Sadly Afghanistan’s 100 year history has also been marked by conflict. The terrorist attack against a Kabul wedding hall this weekend is an attack against humanity. As we commemorate Afghan history and memorialize Afghan sacrifice, we redouble our commitment to work together toward a peaceful future in which we can strengthen the bonds of friendship between our nations.
During my most recent visit to Afghanistan this summer, I reaffirmed our commitment to help Afghans preserve the gains of the past 18 years by continuing support to Afghan institutions on the pathway to self-reliance. The United States and Afghanistan are enduring partners, working together toward a sustainable peace and a safer, better tomorrow for all Afghans.