Barbados Independence Day

Press Statement
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
November 30, 2018


On behalf of the Government of the United States, I wish to congratulate the people of Barbados on the 52nd anniversary of your independence.

The United States shares a long history with Barbados, dating to before our own independence, when your country hosted our first president, George Washington. The warmth of the Bajan people left an indelible imprint on him and underscores to this day the abiding friendship our two countries share. We look forward to continuing our partnership and deepening our ties in health, education, energy, security, prosperity, and diplomacy under the U.S.-Caribbean 2020 strategy. The United States wishes the people of Barbados a happy and festive Independence Day celebration.