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Jamaica's Independence Day


Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
August 5, 2013

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On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I extend warm wishes to the people of Jamaica on the occasion of your 51st year of independence this August 6.

The United States and Jamaica enjoy a close friendship based on common values, shared history, and a vibrant Jamaican-American community.

Together, we are working to foster inclusive economic growth and expand social justice through initiatives such as the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, including the recently implemented “No Witness, No Justice” Civic Education and Social Media program. We are also deepening our partnership for healthier communities through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

“Out of Many, One People,” is a reminder of the strong unity Jamaica has maintained since its independence. The United States shares this belief in the strength of many people coming together for the betterment of society, and we are proud to call Jamaica a partner and friend.

Congratulations on this special day and best wishes for continued peace and prosperity in the years to come.



PRN: 2013/0963

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