On the Occasion of Cabo Verde's National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
July 5, 2016

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of Cabo Verde as you celebrate the 41st year of your country’s independence on July 5.

The friendship between Cabo Verde and the United States is rooted in the many interests and values our countries share.  We look forward to continuing to build on our partnership in strengthening democratic institutions, expanding inclusive economic growth, confronting climate change, and making our communities healthier and safer.

Nearly half a million people of Cabo Verdean descent live in the United States, many of them in my home state of Massachusetts.  They contribute importantly to America’s progress, and still maintain close links to their ancestral home.  In addition, more and more U.S., citizens are discovering your country each year--a testament to Cabo Verde’s unique beauty and distinctive culture.

Best wishes for a festive celebration and a peaceful and prosperous year to come.