Statement by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Greta C. Holtz

On January 20, 2021, in Washington D.C., President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn into the highest offices in the land.  This capital city, a city which is watched across the globe in its triumphs and its tragedies, hosts the institutions of our democracy.

Our democratic institutions have been severely tested, and the terrible violence we witnessed on January 6 at the United States Capitol has shaken both Americans and our friends across the world.  But, it is in our individual and collective commitment to the institutions of our democracy and to the principles upon which they are built that we find both solace and our strength as a nation.

We must turn now to the very hard work we must do as citizens to renew one of the greatest democracies the world has ever known.  We have much work ahead as we strive towards a more perfect union based on equality, tolerance, justice, and the rights and freedoms we cherish.

No country is perfect, no democracy sustains itself but rather is sustained by the common efforts of its citizens and leaders. We saw such action by many brave Americans this week who worked to contain and reject violence against the very house of our democracy and the constitutional process for affirming the results of the U.S. election.  The mark of a truly democratic nation is a peaceful transition of power, respecting the will of its people conveyed through the ballot box.  That process was advanced on January 7 by Vice President Pence and Speaker Pelosi in certifying the Electoral College votes.  God bless America.