WASHINGTON, DC — The US Department of State has issued Secretary John Kerry’s address congratulating the Armenian people on independence day.

The statement is below:

“On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Armenia as you celebrate your independence day this September 21.

“The deep bonds between the United States and Armenia are strong. We will continue to strengthen our partnership with Armenia in various dimensions including security cooperation, economic and democratic development, and expanding people-to-people exchanges. This is also a special occasion to honor the achievements of Armenians and Armenian-Americans who have contributed to the development of both countries.

“As you celebrate 23 years of independence, know that the United States stands with Armenia as a partner and friend. I congratulate all Armenians on this important holiday and wish you great success in the year to come.”

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