By Hillary Rodham Clinton
US Secretary of State
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to all Uruguayans as you celebrate the anniversary of your independence this August 25. This is a moment to reflect on your rich history and the shared values of our two countries.
The relationship between the United States and Uruguay is firmly rooted in our work to expand democratic ideals, human rights and individual freedoms in our hemisphere and throughout the world. Uruguay has led by example with a strong commitment to the rule of law, human rights and economic development. Together, our countries are contributing to the recovery efforts in Haiti and to peacekeeping missions across the globe. Countries are more peaceful and prosperous because of our work together.
As you celebrate this special day, know that the United States looks forward to continuing to strengthen this relationship. I wish all Uruguayans a safe and happy independence day.