Dominican Republic's Independence Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
February 27, 2015

On behalf President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of the Dominican Republic as you celebrate your Independence Day.

As the largest economy in the Caribbean, your country plays an essential role in the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement and the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative.

The United States stands with you as a partner and friend in the Inter-American System. We will continue to work together to strengthen and revitalize the Organization of American States. And I look forward to ensuring a successful Summit of the Americas in Panama this April.

We also work together to provide greater opportunities for youth through the Fulbright program, cultural and English language programs at our Binational Center, and employment and life skills training.

On behalf of the people of the United States, I wish all Dominicans across the globe a joyful Independence Day.