On behalf of the people of the United States, I extend congratulations to the government and people of Colombia on your independence day.

Colombia’s leadership in the region as a champion of democracy and rule of law serves as a stabilizing force against those who seek to undermine the region’s economic prosperity and security.  I commend Colombia for your continued pursuit of a durable peace, efforts to combat illegal narcotics and transnational criminal groups, and promotion of human rights, accountability, and justice.  The commitment of Colombia to supporting the restoration of democracy in Venezuela is remarkable, as is the generosity of the Colombian people in welcoming Venezuelans forced to flee their homes.

Our two nations built our strategic partnership over decades of cooperation.  I am certain that our close bond will continue to serve as a foundation of a more stable and prosperous hemisphere.

I congratulate all Colombians as you celebrate the 209th anniversary of your nation’s independence.

U.S. Department of State

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