Colombia's Independence Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
July 18, 2012

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the Colombian people on the 202nd anniversary of your nation’s independence this July 20.

This year in Cartagena, I was able to experience firsthand the hospitality of the Colombian people and join Colombia as it hosted the Sixth Summit of the Americas and reaffirmed its commitment to strengthening the region. This year also marked a historic year in U.S.-Colombia relations as we reinforced our already strong relationship with the May 15 entry into force of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement. Colombia has been a champion of democracy and freedom throughout the hemisphere.

As you celebrate this special day with family, friends and loved ones, know that the United States stands with you as a partner and friend.

PRN: 2012/1171