U.S. President Barack Obama sent a letter to Hungarian President János Áder extending his congratulation August 20, Stephen's Day, to the people of Hungary on the anniversary of the founding of the Hungarian state. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry also offered his congratulations to the Hungarian people and reaffirmed the strength and vital importance of U.S.-Hungarian relations.

U.S. President Barack Obama addressed a letter to Hungarian President János Áder to offer his congratulations on behalf of the American people to Hungary on the special occasion of St. Stephen's Day, the anniversary of the founding of the Hungarian state.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry also acknowledged the special occasion of Hungary's national anniversary. In an official statement Kerry said, "On this special day, the United States wishes the people of Hungary continued peace and prosperity in the years to come. The United States looks forward to continuing the strong collaboration between our nations across a range of mutual interests."

"The United States values its partnership with Hungary. As NATO allies and members of the broader transatlantic community, we share the burden of combating new and emerging challenges to global security, from Iraq and Afghanistan to the realm of cybersecurity," said Kerry.

President Obama's letter can be seen in its entirety below:


Dear Mr. President:

On behalf of the people of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Hungary as you commemorate the foundation of the Hungarian state and celebrate its continued unity and prosperity on Saint Stephen's Day, August 20.

On this occasion, I would like to recognize the importance of the enduring partnership between the United States and Hungary, supported by a foundation of friendship and a shared responsibility to uphold and safeguard democratic principles, including transparency, tolerance, and the rule of law.

As we continue our efforts to surmount obstacles challenging these principles, and in the face of new and unprecedented threats to global security, Hungary's commitment to the transatlantic family of nations is ever more vital to the preservation of peace and liberty in Europe and beyond.

The United States looks forward to working further with Hungary towards our common goal of a Europe whole, free, and at peace.

Sincerely,

Barack Obama