Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to the people of Mozambique on the 41st anniversary of your independence this June 25.

"The United States and Mozambique share a close partnership. Since our countries established diplomatic relations in 1975, we have worked together to support economic prosperity, good governance, and regional stability. When construction is complete, our new embassy in Maputo will stand as a symbol of the strong and enduring ties between our two peoples.

"I wish the people of Mozambique a joyous National Day and a bright and peaceful future."