Secretary of State John Kerry issued the following congratulatory message:
"On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I send best wishes to the people of Zimbabwe as you celebrate 34 years of independence on April 18.
The United States remains committed to the people of Zimbabwe. We will continue to support all Zimbabweans as you seek a more democratic, prosperous, and healthy future.
We look forward to strengthening our partnership with the Zimbabwean people to achieve our common goals of peace, security, and prosperity."
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