printable banner

U.S. Department of State - Great Seal

U.S. Department of State

Diplomacy in Action

Paraguay's Independence Day

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
May 13, 2011


[Also Available in Spanish]

A video message is available here:
A Spanish version is available here:

Happy Bicentennial, Paraguay! On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes as you celebrate your independence. Today, we honor the heroes of Paraguay who stood up and fought for your freedom 200 years ago.

This bicentennial is an opportunity to pay tribute to your vibrant culture and your commitment to building peace, increasing economic opportunities and strengthening democratic institutions.

Our two countries are bound together by shared history, common values and ties of friendship and family. Every day, the people of Paraguay and the United States trade, collaborate, and learn from each other. We are working together on everything from halting the flow of narcotics to curbing the effects of climate change. Through our Peace Corps programs and other cultural exchanges, we are forging even deeper bonds that enrich us all.

So as you celebrate with family and friends at picnics and parades, please know that the United States stands with you. We are committed to strengthening and deepening our relationship to help build a more peaceful and prosperous future for all of our people. Congratulations.

PRN: 2011/751

Back to Top

Do you already have an account on one of these sites? Click the logo to sign in and create your own customized State Department page. Want to learn more? Check out our FAQ!

OpenID is a service that allows you to sign in to many different websites using a single identity. Find out more about OpenID and how to get an OpenID-enabled account.