Chilean Independence Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 17, 2009

On behalf of the people of the United States, I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to the people of Chile as they commemorate the 199th anniversary of their independence on September 18. This is an opportunity to celebrate Chile’s strong democracy; open, vibrant, and inclusive economy; active civil society; and progressive stewardship of its many geographic wonders.

Our two countries enjoy a strong and deep partnership, built on cooperation and mutual respect. We share common values and a commitment to democratic institutions, the rule of law, and trade that expands economic opportunities for all. Together, we are working to meet key regional and global challenges, from reaffirming democracy and spurring economic recovery to developing renewable energy and addressing public health threats, such as H1N1. This year, President Bachelet’s visit to the United States and Vice President Biden’s trip to Chile reaffirmed the importance of the ties between our two countries.

The people of the United States offer our best wishes on this historic occasion, and we look forward with anticipation to Chile’s bicentennial celebrations next year.

PRN: 2009/928