On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Yemen on your 21st National Unity Day this May 22.
This is a special occasion to celebrate with family and friends to honor your rich history, but it is also marred by these trying times. Throughout the country Yemeni voices have been suppressed and innocent civilians have died.
President Saleh needs to follow through on his commitment to transfer power. The government of Yemen must address the legitimate will of the people.
The United States will continue to support the Yemeni people as you work toward a unified, stable, democratic, and prosperous Yemen. We continue to call for a peaceful transition of power so that the citizens of Yemen may one day realize your aspirations.
Our two nations have shared a strong friendship for many years based on mutual respect and mutual interests. On this national day, know that the United States continues to be a partner and friend to all those who strive for a better future for Yemen.