"On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Senegal on the 54th anniversary of your nation’s independence on April 4.
"The legacy of progress in Africa is extraordinary. There are struggles, but there’s also greater freedom and greater development than ever before. It’s more than fair to say that Senegal is at the heart of that transformation.
"The friendship between our nations is based on a shared commitment to democratic values, the rule of law, and economic development. Together, we are improving global security through our support for peacekeeping efforts. We also remain steadfast in working closely with Senegal on human rights, trade, and maritime security.
"Senegal is a democratic leader in West Africa. Your commitment to human rights, responsive public institutions, economic growth, and regional stability will continue to serve as a model for peace and prosperity in the Casamance.
"I wish all Senegalese a healthy, joyful, and festive celebration. The United States looks forward to building on our strong partnership in the years to come."