Thursday, September 6, 2012
On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Brazil as you celebrate your Independence Day this September 7.
The relationship between our two counties is grounded in common values and a shared history of family and friends. When Brazil gained its independence in the 19th century, the United States was the first country that formally recognized its statehood. Today, we are continuing to strengthen our relationship as we work together to promote open, accountable governance, equality, social inclusion, and respect for the environment and human rights for countries around the world.
As you enjoy your national parade on the Esplanade, watch the aerobatics of the “Quadrilha da Fumaça,” or mark the occasion at one of countless other celebrations across Brazil, know that the United States is a partner and friend. We look forward to strengthening our close relationship in the coming years as we work together toward a more prosperous and peaceful world.