The relationship between the United States and Uruguay is strong, based on our shared ideals, common values and history. The founders of both our countries worked hard for the freedom and democracy that we cherish today. Now, we are promoting these values around the world.
Together, we are working to expand education, to broaden regional access to markets, to develop alternative sources of energy, advance scientific research and innovation. Because of our work on a range of issues, countless countries are more peaceful, more prosperous and looking forward to a brighter future.
Whether you are celebrating along the riverbanks of the Mercedes, or honoring your rich history with family and friends in Montevideo, please know that the United States stands with you as a partner and friend. I wish all Uruguayans a safe and happy bicentennial celebration. And I look forward to finding new ways to strengthen our relationship as we work together for a better world.