On behalf of the people of the United States, I would like to congratulate the people of Trinidad and Tobago as they celebrate forty-seven years as an independent nation on August 31. President Obama and I had the pleasure of visiting Trinidad and Tobago in April for the Summit of the Americas and we were grateful for the warmth and hospitality of the people of these beautiful islands. We value the partnership between the United States and Trinidad and Tobago, which is based on mutual respect and mutual interest. Our two nations have much in common – our values, our history, and our hopes for a brighter future for the people of our Hemisphere. Many families in the United States trace their roots to Trinidad and Tobago and they have contributed so much to our culture and our prosperity.
Our warmest wishes will be with the people of Trinidad and Tobago as they take part in Independence Day parades and commemorations. The National Awards presented at the President’s House will celebrate the spirit and accomplishments of a proud nation. And the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting will once again provide Trinidad and Tobago with a well-deserved showcase on the world stage.
On this historic occasion, let me reaffirm the commitment of the United States to work together with Trinidad and Tobago to strengthen and deepen our partnership.