Barbados National Day

John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
November 30, 2016

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Barbados on your Independence Golden Jubilee.

On this special day in this special year, my government joins with all of you in celebrating Barbados’ 50 years of independence and your beautiful country’s many accomplishments in democratic governance, environmental stewardship, and the creation of economic opportunity.

The United States deeply values the friendship between our two peoples; a friendship based on mutual respect and shared responsibility. We particularly commend Barbados for its exemplary leadership in the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative and, more broadly, for its steadfast commitment to strengthening the political, economic, and social bonds among Caribbean nations.

As you reflect on the Jubilee’s theme, “Pride and Industry, Celebrating 50,” know that the United States will continue to stand with you in support of broad-based and inclusive development. Together, we will continue to harness the talent and potential of the next generation to ensure a bright future for all.

My very best wishes for a happy Independence Day and a safe and prosperous year to come.