Brazil's Independence Day

Press Statement
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 6, 2018


On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer congratulations to the people of Brazil on the anniversary of your independence on September 7.

We are bound together by our longstanding friendship, dating back 194 years to when the United States became the first country to officially recognize Brazil’s independence. As the two largest democracies and economies in the Western Hemisphere, we have an enduring partnership built on our common values. Together, we are advancing economic prosperity, promoting democracy, and safeguarding international peace and security. Our deep people-to-people ties enable us to successfully confront the 21st century’s most pressing challenges through partnerships in education, energy, health, science and technology, and innovation.

I extend my best wishes to the Brazilian people for a happy Independence Day celebration.