On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Bolivia as you celebrate the 189th anniversary of your independence on August 6.
Bolivia is rich in natural beauty and ancient culture -- from Illimani's high peak, to the historic Ciudad Blanca of Sucre, to the pristine Lake Titicaca, and the extraordinary salt flats of Uyuni.
The Bolivian people possess a special richness of culture and unlimited human capital. The United States and the people of Bolivia share a common interest in building tolerant, inclusive societies that reflect the diversity of our two nations.
I wish Bolivians everywhere health and happiness on the anniversary of your independence.