Brazil's Independence Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 5, 2012

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Brazil as you celebrate your Independence Day this September 7.

The relationship between our two countries is grounded in common values and a shared history of family and friends. When Brazil gained its independence in the 19th century, the United States was the first country that formally recognized its statehood. Today, we are continuing to strengthen our relationship as we work together to promote open, accountable governance, equality, social inclusion, and respect for the environment and human rights for countries around the world.

As you enjoy your national parade on the Esplanade, watch the aerobatics of the “Esquadrilha da Fumaça,” or mark the occasion at one of countless other celebrations across Brazil, know that the United States is a partner and friend. We look forward to strengthening our close relationship in the coming years as we work together toward a more prosperous and peaceful world.

PRN: 2012/1389