On behalf of the people and Government of the United States, I extend my sincere congratulations to the people of Paraguay on the 208th anniversary of your independence on May 15.

The United States and Paraguay have a long history of friendship.  We are honored that the legacy of U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes, who helped Paraguay settle a land dispute in 1878, lives on in the names of your town squares, streets, a city, and a department.

Last month, I had the privilege to be the first Secretary of State to visit Paraguay since 1965.  During my meetings with Paraguayan officials, we further strengthened the U.S.-Paraguay relationship, grounded in advancing shared interests and values including democracy, human rights, and free, fair, and reciprocal trade.  I commend you on the important strides you have made in increasing transparency, combatting corruption, fighting transnational crime, and creating economic opportunity.

The United States values our longstanding partnership with Paraguay.  I wish all Paraguayans a happy Independence Day celebration.

U.S. Department of State

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