U.S. congratulates T&T on Independence Day

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Associated Press / J. Scott Applewhite

The United States has congratulated Trinidad and Tobago on its 53rd year of independence, saying that the two nations are “united in the belief that diversity and social inclusion that make our societies stronger.”

“On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I extend my sincerest congratulations to the people of Trinidad and Tobago as you celebrate 53 years of independence this Aug. 31,” said Secretary of State John Kerry in a statement.

As the United States marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Kerry said the Obama administration applauds Trinidad and Tobago for ratifying in June of this year the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

He also noted that this year has been an historic time of bilateral and regional engagement for both the United States and Trinidad and Tobago.

The Secretary of State said that President Obama’s visit to the region “generated great momentum in our joint efforts to promote economic growth and opportunity and engage our youth through academic and cultural exchanges.”

Kerry said the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative provided a new forum for the U.S. and Trinidad and Tobago, together with other Caribbean nations’ regional bodies, to address the “persistent energy challenges confronting the region.

“Our cooperation through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative is also helping to counter transnational crime, while strengthening communication and increasing the sharing of best practices on a broad range of issues, including the rule of law and human rights,” he said.

“As you celebrate with parades at Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, and in Scarborough, Tobago, enjoy the music of countless bands, and rejoice in the achievements of your compatriots at the National Awards, be assured that the U.S. government remains a steadfast partner and friend,” Kerry added.

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