On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Honduras as you celebrate 189 years of independence this September 15. Our countries share a history of cooperation based on mutual interests, values, and friendship. Americans have long enjoyed the beauty of Honduras and the hospitality of its people, and we look forward to further strengthening our connections.
Honduras is emerging from a very difficult period. Your resumption of democratic and constitutional government this year has been a testament to the resilience of the Honduran people, and we will work with you to strengthen safeguards for human rights and the rule of law.
The United States supports Honduran efforts to win international recognition for the progress you have made and to fully reclaim your rightful place in the inter-American community. I look forward to our continued work -- as partners and friends -- to promote freedom, prosperity, and citizen security throughout our hemisphere.
I wish all Hondurans a safe and happy independence day.