Brazilian Independence Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 6, 2009

On behalf of the people of the United States, I extend warm wishes and congratulations to the people of Brazil as they celebrate 187 years of independence. We value the bonds of friendship and mutual respect between our two nations. The United States and Brazil are united by our commitment to democratic values, by our long history – I am proud that the United States was the first country to recognize Brazil as a sovereign nation – and by our shared hopes for a peaceful and prosperous future.

The partnership between the United States and Brazil is both durable and dynamic. Our governments are working together to meet the regional and global challenges of our times, from developing alternative energy sources and rebuilding the global economy to combating threats to public health and security.

On this historic occasion, I want to applaud Brazil’s leadership in the Americas and around the world, and reaffirm the commitment of the United States to further strengthen and deepen our partnership.

PRN: 2009/877