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Statement by Ambassador Richard G. Olson Pakistan’s Independence Day

Islamabad, August 13, 2013 (PPI-OT): On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Pakistan on the occasion of the 66th anniversary of independence. This is a particularly historic Independence Day because the citizens of Pakistan participated in a historic transition earlier this year. As Secretary Kerry said during his recent visit to Pakistan, “The people of Pakistan deserve enormous credit for their role in the peaceful transition of power from one democratically-elected government to another.”

The United States remains committed to supporting the people of Pakistan in achieving the strong, stable, and secure nation that Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah envisioned for Pakistan in 1947. The United States shares this vision and is dedicated to ensuring our common objectives of helping Pakistan to meet its urgent energy needs, educate its growing population, eliminate the sources of violence and terrorism that have afflicted Pakistani society, and provide economic opportunities to all.

For more information, contact:
Alberto Rodriguez
Spokesman
Information Office Public Affairs Section
Embassy of the United States of America
U.S. Embassy, Islamabad- Pakistan
Cell: +92300 501 2640
Tel: +9251-208 0000
Fax: +9251-227 8607
E-mail: webmasterisb@state.gov

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