On behalf of the United States of America, I send congratulations to the people of Guinea-Bissau as you celebrate 50 years of independence.

We take this special occasion to reaffirm the close friendship between the United States and Guinea-Bissau as we pursue our shared goals of promoting peace and security, strengthening democracy, and growing economic prosperity.

We send the people of Guinea-Bissau our best wishes on this joyous Independence Day.