On behalf of the people of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Chile on the 209th anniversary of your independence.

Our two nations’ enduring ties are based on shared democratic values and a steadfast commitment to the rule of law.   The United States appreciates Chile’s continued commitment to good governance, democracy, and security throughout the Western Hemisphere.  Chile’s leadership in supporting Interim President Juan Guaido and the legitimate National Assembly of Venezuela, and in hosting approximately 400,000 displaced Venezuelans, promotes these values across the hemisphere.  President Trump’s meeting with President Pinera last September and my visit to Santiago mark the strength of our cooperation.  Chile will once again display its global leadership as host of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Week and the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 25) later this year.

The United States wishes the people of Chile a happy Independence Day.

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