Monday, November 25, 2013

Republic of Suriname

SurinameWe wish a happy national day to the Republic of Suriname.

The Republiek Suriname (in Dutch) is located on the northeast coast of South America. It sits between French Guiana and Guyana with Brazil to the south. Suriname was colonized by the English and the Dutch in the 17th century.  Read more here about Suriname.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued the following statement to recognize the day:

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of the Republic of Suriname as you celebrate 38 years of independence on November 25.

The United States and Suriname share common interests in protecting the environment, preserving our cultural heritage, and celebrating the rich diversity of our nations’ citizens.

The participation of a Suriname–South Dakota National Guard Color Guard in this year’s national day festivities underscores the ties of friendship between the people of Suriname and the United States.

As you mark this jubilee and celebrate the accomplishments of the Surinamese people, I send best wishes for a bright and prosperous future.


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