US calls Germany `powerful force` for democracy

US has said the country is not only a foundation for the European Union and NATO, but also stands as a "powerful force" for democracy.

Last Updated: Oct 01, 2011, 13:23 PM IST

Washington: Congratulating Germany on the
anniversary of its reunification, the US has said the country
is not only a foundation for the European Union and NATO, but
also stands as a "powerful force" for democracy and human
rights in every corner of the world.

"Over the last 20 years, Germany has committed to
building a strong, peaceful country and you have influenced
countless others to do the same," Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton said in a message sent to the people of the country on
the occasion of their unification anniversary on October 3.

"Today, you are a foundation for the European Union and
NATO. In almost every corner of the globe, from the Middle
East, to Asia, to South America, Germany stands as a powerful
force for democracy and human rights," Hillary said.

She hoped that this anniversary would be a time for every
German to reflect on how far their country has come. "You
should be proud of the example you have set."

"I send my deepest congratulations and look forward to
strengthening our cooperation even more as we work to build a
more peaceful and prosperous world," Hillary said.

PTI