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Monday, June 15, 2015

U.S. CONGRATULATES PEOPLE OF ICELAND ON THEIR NATIONAL DAY

FROM:  U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT
On the Occasion of Iceland's National Day
Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 15, 2015

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the Icelandic people on the 71st anniversary of the founding of your Republic on the day that marks the birth of Jon Sigurdsson.

I know this year you also celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage – a proud testament to your country’s thriving, modern democracy.

I am pleased that our two nations continue to work in partnership to promote open governance and human rights around the world. And as NATO Allies, we are each doing our part to defend freedom on both sides of the Atlantic and to prepare for threats both new and old.

Your country is also a critical player in efforts to preserve the environment. In May, Foreign Minister Sveinsson and I met in Washington and reinforced our mutual commitment to the important work of the Arctic Council.

Iceland's language, customs, history, and geographic beauty are deeply admired in the United States.

As you celebrate your national day with family and friends, I offer all the people of Iceland my warmest wishes for peace and prosperity in the coming year.