Costa Rica Independence Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 14, 2009

On behalf of the people of the United States, I would like to congratulate the Costa Rican people as they celebrate their 188th Independence Day on September 15. We are united by our shared democratic values and a strong partnership that enhances the security and prosperity of all our people.

On this historic occasion, I want to salute Costa Rica’s strong regional leadership in working to advance human rights and the rule of law, encourage peaceful resolution of conflicts, strengthen democratic institutions, protect the environment, and build greater shared prosperity. The people of Costa Rica have so much to be proud of and to celebrate, and I hope that the Independence Day festivities, especially the nation-wide street light parades, are a great success.

I also want to reaffirm the commitment of the United States to continue working together with Costa Rica to strengthen our partnership and seek new areas of cooperation that will ensure a more peaceful and prosperous future for us all.

PRN: 2009/908