US President Barack Obama wished Malawi a happy 49 Independence celebrations from BritIsh rule which falls on July 6 and paid tribute to President Joyce Banda for “progress” the country has made since she ascended to power following the death of death of president Bingu wa Mutharika on April 5 last year.
“The U.S. Government recognizes the progress Malawi has made during the past year,” Obama said in a statement, issued by US Secretary of State John Kerry which was made available to Nyasa Times on Fridayi
“We value our relationship with the Government of Malawi and its role as a democratic leader in southern Africa,” he said.
“In the coming year, we look forward to sustained partnership on key development goals such as food security, agricultural development, women’s rights, and healthcare. The United States and the Government of Malawi share a commitment to ensuring positive livelihoods for all Malawians,” the statement pointed out.
The statement said US wishes the government and people of Malawi a festive celebration.
“On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I would like to extend congratulations to the people of Malawi as you commemorate 49 years of independence on this July 6,” said Kerry in the statement.
In March this year, Obama met leaders of four African countries, including President Joyce Banda.
The purpose of the meeting at the White House was to underscore support for sub-Saharan Africa and for democracy.