On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Peru as you celebrate the 189th
anniversary of your independence this July 28. The warmth and vitality of the Peruvian people is fresh in my mind following my first visit to your beautiful country earlier this summer. Peru has made great progress in recent years to improve economic inclusion, reduce poverty, and expand opportunity to more people in more places. Whether you spend the day listening to President Garcia's Independence Day address, attending a traditional fair, or simply celebrating with family and friends, I hope all Peruvians take a moment to reflect with pride on your achievements.
The United States and Peru continue to be close friends and partners, both in the region and around the world. Our relationship is rooted in our shared respect for democratic governance, our commitment to free trade and open markets, and our vigorous defense of individual rights and civil liberties. Peru's development over the last decade confirms for the region and the world that dedication to these ideals remains the surest path to stability and economic growth.
I wish all Peruvians a peaceful and happy Independence Day celebration. We look forward to continuing the strong partnership between our nations as we strive to create a more inclusive and more prosperous future for our world.