Nicaragua's Independence Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 15, 2014

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I send best wishes to the Nicaraguan people on the 193rd anniversary of Nicaragua’s independence.

As thousands of students pass the lighted torch of independence from Guatemala, to Costa Rica, to Nicaragua, I am reminded of how we share the same spirit of freedom and liberty.

I saw that spirit when I visited your country as a freshman Senator. I met Nicaraguans from all walks of life – businessmen, priests, mothers, and government officials. The experience left a lasting impression. Nicaraguans are strong, proud, and committed to achieving a future of peace and prosperity – from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Coast.

The United States will continue to work with you to advocate for democratic institutions, promote sustainable economic development, and deepen respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

I wish the people of Nicaragua a joyous Independence Day celebration.