On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas on your 41st anniversary of independence.
We value The Bahamas as our longtime partner and friend. Our robust security cooperation continues to improve security for citizens of both our countries, and our bilateral relationship stands strong as we work to spur economic development, promote social equity, combat HIV/AIDS, and promote a clean and secure energy future in our region.
We celebrate with The Bahamas, a nation rich with the beauty and excitement of Junkanoo, Goombay celebrations, and regattas.
It generously shares its hospitality, scenic beaches, and wonderful climate with the world, as demonstrated in May, when it successfully hosted the world-class 2014 IAAF World Relays.
As Bahamians across the country's 700 islands and cays and around the world observe the anniversary of their peaceful journey to nationhood, let it be known that the United States is committed to friendship and cooperation between our nations.
The United States stands with The Bahamas today, pressing onward, marching together, to a common, loftier goal.
May peace, joy, safety and prosperity be plentiful in the years ahead in this most beautiful Bahamaland.