Guyana Republic Day Message

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
February 21, 2013

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate Guyana on the 43rd anniversary of the founding of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana this February 23.

The United States values its close and collaborative relationship with Guyana. Our cooperation in the development and empowerment of women and youth in Guyana is an essential aspect of our shared social and economic vision for the future. Our partnership in the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative enhances security and prosperity throughout the region. We proudly celebrate the richness of artistic expression and promote cultural exchanges that reflect the diverse connections between the United States and Guyana.

As you participate in the Mashramani festivities, I wish all Guyanese peace, happiness, and a productive year ahead. Today I reaffirm the United States’ commitment to build on the existing bridges of friendship and cooperation between our two nations.

PRN: 2013/0195