Costa Rica's National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 14, 2015

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Costa Rica as you celebrate your 194th year of independence on September 15, 2015.

The friendship between Costa Rica and the United States is rooted in the common values that our countries share. We look forward to continuing to build upon our partnership in strengthening democratic institutions, expanding inclusive economic growth, confronting climate change, and making our communities safer.

More than one million U.S. citizens visit your country each year, a testament to Costa Rica’s enduring beauty and environmental riches as well as the cultural and economic ties that bind our two nations together.

Pura vida and best wishes for a festive and jubilant celebration.