In congratulating the people of Trinidad and Tobago as they celebrated their the 54th anniversary of political independence on Wednesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry says the twin-island republic is “a valued partner in advancing peace and development in the CARICOM [Caribbean Community] region.
“My government looks forward to building upon the progress made during Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley’s productive visit to Washington this past spring, and to working with you to promote Caribbean energy security, support democratic governance, and combat public health threats,” said Kerry in a brief statement on Wednesday.
“On this joyous day, I offer my best wishes for your prosperity and happiness in the year to come,” he added.
New York City Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, the Grenadian American deputy council leader, also congratulated Trinidad and Tobago on its 54th anniversary of political independence from the United Kingdom.
“This monumental day for the twin-island nations comes at a perfect time, as we witnessed proud Trinidadian and Tobagonians making their 17th appearance at the summer Olympics in Rio,” said Williams, who represents the predominantly Caribbean 45th Council District in Brooklyn.
“As an elected official representing one of the most vibrant Caribbean communities in New York City, I look forward to returning to the Eastern Parkway to mark this holiday and to put our Caribbean heritage on display for the entire world,” added Williams about the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade that takes place annually on Labor Day, the first Monday in September, a public holiday in the United States.
“I look forward to the many celebrations that are ahead of us, from the parades, to the music, as well as delighting in the achievements of the people of the dual island nation,” he continued.
Williams noted that Trinidad and Tobago and the United States “belong to a number of the same international organizations, and it pleasures me to witness the collaborative efforts of both nations, working together to strengthen the migrated communities.”