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U.S. congratulates Costa Rica on Independence Day

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Published on Friday, September 15, 2023
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Antony Blinken, the U.S. Secretary of State, congratulated Costa Rica on its Independence Day on behalf of the government of the United States.

"The partnership between Costa Rica and the United States rests upon our shared commitments to democracy, economic prosperity, environmental conservation, human rights, and security," Blinken said in a statement. "On this special day, we are grateful for Costa Rica’s leadership in the region and our collaboration to fight transnational crime and encourage humane migration management."

Blinken said that the U.S. looks forward to continuing the cooperation with Costa Rica on shared priorities, including combating transnational crime and drug trafficking, defending human rights, facilitating sustainable economic growth, managing irregular migration, and protecting the environment.

"Costa Rica’s efforts towards strengthening democratic institutions and sustaining prosperity for all its citizens serve as an inspiration in the region and in the United States," he added. "In the spirit of this friendship, the people of the United States wish a joyous Independence Day to Costa Ricans everywhere."

Blinken is the 71st U.S. Secretary of State. He was nominated by President Biden on November 23, 2020; confirmed by the U.S. Senate on January 26, 2021; and sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris the following day.

In June 2021, Blinken visited Costa Rica as part of his official trip to Latin America. During his meetings with Costa Rican authorities, he reaffirmed the U.S. support for green programs developed in Costa Rica and addressed irregular migration.

Today, Costa Ricans and those who have adopted this beautiful country celebrate the country's 202 years of independence. The festivities such as student parades, concerts, fireworks, dances, food and folk music will continue in all communities throughout the country.

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