On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of St. Lucia as you commemorate your 33rd anniversary of independence this February 22.
The United States and St. Lucia are united by our shared values and commitment to democracy, freedom and the rule of law. We are working together through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative to reduce illicit trafficking, crime and violence and promote social justice. We are reducing the incidence of HIV and AIDS, treating those infected and slowing the spread through the Partnership Framework for HIV and AIDS. And we are partnering to expand clean energy as part of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas.
The United States remains committed to strengthening the ties of friendship between our two nations. As you celebrate your independence, know that the United States stands with you as a partner and friend as we work toward a more a peaceful and prosperous future for all our people.
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