On the Occasion of Norway’s National Day

978xWashington, DC – Secretary of State John Kerry: “On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to all Norwegians as you observe Constitution Day on May 17.

“As Norway marks this jubilee year – a quarter-century of the reign and leadership of King Harald and Queen Sonja – both our nations can take pride in our long history of friendship. Today, our relationship is strengthened by our work together as NATO Allies and our joint collaboration in the Arctic Council. And moving forward, as President Obama and Prime Minister Solberg reiterated at the U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit just a few days ago, the United States and Norway will remain close partners in advancing a vision of a more prosperous, sustainable, and secure world for ourselves and for future generations.

“From Oslo to Minnesota, home to the largest Norwegian-American community, this May 17th will be an opportunity to celebrate the history, culture, and values that bind our nations together. I offer the people of Norway my best wishes on this Constitution Day and in the coming year.”