COSTA RICA NEWS (Press Release, US Embassy San José):

Dear Mr. President:

The American people join me in extending our best wishes to you and the people of Costa Rica as you celebrate the 193rd anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Costa Rica on September 15.

The United States and Costa Rica have built a strong partnership based on shared democratic values, including protecting human rights, freedom of expression, and our environment, especially our oceans.  I look forward to working with you to continue to advocate for democratic freedoms throughout the Americas and around the world.

Costa Rica is one of Central America’s most stable and prosperous nations, and your longtime commitment to investing in health, education, environmental protection, and sustainable development should be admired and emulated.  The United States stands with you in your efforts to expand trade and grow your high technology economy, so that your people can continue to prosper and thrive.  Your efforts to increase cooperation and integration among Central American nations is an example of the kind of leadership for which Costa Rica is admired.

I offer my congratulations to you, your government, and all Costa Ricans as you celebrate your country’s independence.

Barack Obama

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