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Message to Prime Minister Obote on the Occasion of the Independence of Uganda.

October 08, 1962

[Released October 8, 1962. Dated October 5, 1962]

Dear Mr. Prime Minister:

I congratulate you and your people upon Uganda's independence. The government and the people of the United States wish Uganda a prosperous future as a sovereign nation.

The principle of self-determination in Africa has in Uganda proved once more its truth and strength. This principle inspired our own people in their struggle for independence, and we therefore feel a special kinship and pride in welcoming Uganda to the community of free nations.

A common devotion to the United Nations Charter will strongly bind our nations in the imperative task of building a just and peaceful world. Uganda's independence strengthens the forces working toward this goal.

Sincerely,

JOHN F. KENNEDY

[The Honorable A. Milton Obote, Prime Minister of Uganda, Kampala]

John F. Kennedy, Message to Prime Minister Obote on the Occasion of the Independence of Uganda. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/235906

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