Statement by Secretary Kerry on Chile’s National Day

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I offer warm wishes to the people of Chile as you observe your nation’s Independence Day on September 18.

The United States values its close and productive partnership with Chile.  Our countries are bound together by our deep commitment to democracy, the rule of law, and respect for human rights.  My government is proud to work with yours to support peace and security throughout our hemisphere, to promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth, and to encourage our students, researchers and businesspeople to travel to each other’s shores.

During my visit to Valparaiso last year for the Our Ocean conference, I witnessed firsthand the strength of Chile’s concern for safeguarding our natural environment.  Your country is renowned for the beauty of its landscape and coasts and has a well-earned reputation for leadership on renewable energy, marine protection, and climate change.  The United States looks forward to our continued work together on these and other issues for many years to come.

As you celebrate with friends and family this Dieciocho, I wish all Chileans ¡Unas felices Fiestas Patrias!