Barbados National Day Message

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
November 26, 2012

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Barbados as you celebrate 46 years of independence this November 30.

The United States and Barbados are united by shared history and strong cultural ties. Our collaboration in the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, advances our common aspirations and supports democracy, rule of law, and human rights. Our support for education through student and professional exchanges, programs for at-risk youth like Junior Achievement, and focus on budding entrepreneurs through the Cave Hill School of Business is helping to build a bright future for many.

I am confident that our joint efforts will result in increased security, improved access to health care and greater economic opportunities for all our citizens. As you gather to watch the Independence Day Parade and spend time with family and loved ones, know that the United States stands with you as a partner and friend.

PRN: 2012/1846