Statement by Secretary Pompeo on Afghanistan’s Independence Day

Statement by Secretary POMPEO

Afghanistan Independence Day

On behalf of President Trump and the American people, I warmly congratulate the Afghan people as they celebrate their 99th anniversary of independence on August 19.

We commend the people of Afghanistan’s resolve and determination in continuing to strive for a future of peace and prosperity. The United States stands in steadfast support of the Afghan government efforts to achieve peace. During my first visit to Afghanistan as Secretary of State last month, I reiterated that the United States and Afghanistan are enduring partners. We are behind you in your fight against terrorism, and support you as you strengthen democratic governance by holding transparent and credible elections in the year ahead.

Our strong relationship is based on a shared vision for a secure, stable, and prosperous future for Afghanistan. We join the people of Afghanistan in celebrating your independence and look forward to continuing its goal of achieving a peaceful future for your country.