By John Kerry, Secretary of State
On behalf of President Barack Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the Dominican Republic on the celebration of the 169th anniversary of Dominican independence this February 27.
The United States and the Dominican Republic have a strong relationship based on historic ties and mutual interests. Our citizens’ security, governance, economic growth, health, and education are regional challenges that we address as partners. Last year’s launch of Alerta Joven highlighted our joint commitment to youth opportunity and cooperation in the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative.
The Dominican Republic was also the first Caribbean nation to sign a joint statement on global supply chain security to increase and facilitate trade, and I look forward to further collaboration on these and other issues.
The United States stands with the people of the Dominican Republic as you celebrate the anniversary of your independence. May peace, prosperity, and social equity frame the year ahead.
Dominican Republic Live, From State.gov, 26.02.13, 5.30 p.m.