Paraguay Independence Day

Statement

By:  John Kerry
Date: May 13, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I extend my best wishes to the people of Paraguay as they celebrate 202 years of independence on May 15.

The United States values our strong relationship with Paraguay and we are committed to advancing our shared interests, including improving democratic institutions, promoting the rule of law, reducing poverty, meeting basic needs for health care and education, and expanding trade and economic opportunities.

We congratulate the Paraguayan people for their recent presidential elections, and we look forward to working with President-elect Cartes and his team.

Our citizens share a great friendship, enhanced by the new direct flights between our nations that will increase tourism and trade. As more citizens of the United States are introduced to Paraguay, they will have the opportunity to experience your vibrant culture, appreciate Paraguay's rich history, explore new eco-tourism opportunities, and observe Paraguay's extraordinary biodiversity. Similarly, we look forward to welcoming more Paraguayans to the United States.

May this year, and many to come, bring "py'aguapy ha akãpu'ã" -- "peace and prosperity" -- to all Paraguayans.