On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of the Netherlands as you commemorate Queen’s Day this April 30.
The Netherlands was one of the first European powers to recognize the United States, cementing our close relationship early in our histories. We celebrate more than 200 years of close diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and the United States, but the ties between our countries and our people go back more than 400 years. Since Henry Hudson landed on Manhattan in 1609, the Netherlands and North America have been inextricably linked.
Today, our partnership is as strong as ever as we work together on a range of global issues. The Netherlands and the United States share a special economic, cultural and military alliance that is building a safer, more peaceful world. This is a partnership based on mutual respect and shared values, including an unwavering commitment to tolerance, freedom, democracy, and justice.
I wish Queen Beatrix and all the people of the Netherlands, Aruba, Curacao, and Sint Maarten a happy celebration, and look forward to deepening this partnership even more as we work for a brighter future for all our people.