Spain's National Day

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
October 8, 2010

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Spain as you celebrate Día de la Hispanidad on October 12.

On this occasion, we reaffirm the long friendship between our two nations and honor Spain’s contributions to our shared history. From the age of exploration and discovery to our current cultural and educational exchanges, Spain has had a profound impact on the United States. The enduring and vibrant partnership between our nations is rooted in family, friendship, common values, and a shared vision for our future.

The United States and Spain continue to bridge the Atlantic as partners and allies through NATO. Our cooperation extends from facing global economic challenges to pursuing our vital NATO mission in Afghanistan, and it is supported by the deep bonds between the Spanish and American people.

I wish all the people of Spain a safe and festive Día de la Hispanidad. We look forward to further strengthening and deepening our relationship in the years to come.

PRN: 2010/1450