US Congratulates Latin American Countries for their Independence Days

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Secretary of State

Mexico

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Mexico as you celebrate your independence this September 16.

Our two nations are linked by geography, but we also share deep-rooted economic, cultural, and social ties.  The millions of Americans who trace their roots to Mexico share their customs, language, music and cuisine, enriching American culture all across our country. Every year, increasing numbers of Mexicans and Americans travel between our two countries, creating friendships and ties that reinforce our close relationship.

Above all, Mexico and the United States share a mutual commitment to freedom and democracy.  The tolling of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia in honor of American Independence more than two centuries ago echoes the joyful pealing of Guanajuato’s church bells that accompanied Mexico’s valiant struggle for freedom.  The people of the United States share in the spirit and cause of Father Miguel Hidalgo’s celebrated Grito de Dolores.¡Viva México!

Guatemala

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Guatemala as you celebrate your independence this September 15. We join with you as you commemorate the founding of “the land of eternal spring.”

Our two nations are bound by our diversity, rich history, cultural traditions, and warm ties of family and friends. We share a commitment to important values like the respect for human rights and human dignity, democratic governance, and equal opportunity for all our citizens. We take particular inspiration in the story of María Dolores Bedoya, the hero of Guatemalan Independence, who also reminds us of the profound role women – and all members of society – play in building a better future.

Let us take this opportunity to renew the deep bonds of our friendship as we work together to build a safer, more prosperous and democratic future for all our people.

Costa Rica

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Costa Rica as you commemorate 191 years of independence this September 15. On this day, Costa Ricans from all walks of life can celebrate your nation’s distinctive history as a crossroads for Mesoamerican, South American, and European civilizations, and your bright future as a vibrant and prosperous democracy.

The United States and Costa Rica share a deep and broad partnership working to promote inclusive economic growth, security, democratic governance, and a clean energy future. The upcoming 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps in Costa Rica reflects our continuing commitment to economic development, education, and youth empowerment, to build a brighter future for the Costa Rican people.

Let us take this opportunity to renew the deep bonds of friendship for the years ahead. In the spirit of “Pura Vida,” we wish you a happy Independence Day.

Honduras

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Honduras as you celebrate the 191st anniversary of your independence this September 15.  As Hondurans young and old rejoice in your proud culture and heritage, and as you enjoy the great procession of school parades that define Honduran Independence Day, I hope you have the chance to reflect on the significant progress the Honduran people have made in building a democratic future and expanding opportunity for all members of society.  Together, our two countries are partnering to tackle challenges and build new opportunities for generations to come.  The American people stand with you as you work to construct a more secure and prosperous future for Honduras.

 

Please accept my heartfelt “¡Felicitaciones!” to Hondurans around the world.

El Salvador

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of El Salvador as you celebrate your independence this September 15.

This is a time for Salvadorans across the globe to rejoice in your proud heritage and vibrant culture.  With more than two and a half million Salvadorans living in the United States, the rich tapestry of Salvadoran culture is woven closely into American society.  This year, on the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Chapultepec Accords, we can also reflect on the progress your nation has made in consolidating democracy and building a  more secure and prosperous future.

The United States and El Salvador share a commitment to realizing your country’s aspirations of inclusive economic growth, safe and resilient communities, and expanded opportunities, particularly for young people.  The American people stand with you as partners and friends as you build a brighter future for generations of Salvadorans to come.

Nicaragua

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Nicaragua as you celebrate 191 years of independence this September 15.

This is an opportunity for Nicaraguans young and old to rejoice in the proud heritage of the “land of lakes and volcanoes.”  The people of the United States and Nicaragua are united through our close personal and economic ties, our rich cultural traditions, and our shared aspirations for a secure, democratic, and prosperous future.

 

As you celebrate with family and friends, know that we remain steadfast partners with the Nicaraguan people, and wish you heartfelt ¡Felicidades!

Chile

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Chile as you celebrate your independence this September 18th.

This year, we celebrate 200 years of U.S.-Chilean friendship and reflect on a relationship based on shared values, including a commitment to the rule of law, respect for human rights, and prosperity through open trade. Whether we are working together to monitor earthquakes and glaciers, or looking into deep space from Chile’s world-class observatories, our joint efforts continue to advance scientific knowledge and improve the lives of people around the world. And our relationship is enriched by the many long-standing educational and professional exchange programs that build bridges between Chilean and U.S. students, scholars, and professionals.

As you celebrate with family and friends, know that the United States is a partner and friend and we look forward to continued friendship and collaboration.

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