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Press Statement by Secretary of State John Kerry on the Occasion of the 40th Anniversary of Independence of Cabo Verde

On the Occasion of the Republic of Cabo Verde's National Day

Press Statement

John Kerry
Secretary of State

Washington, DC

July 5, 2015

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Cabo Verde as you celebrate your 40th anniversary of independence on July 5.

Cabo Verde and the United States share ties stretching back more than 200 years. New England’s large Cabo Verdean diaspora community has sent volunteers to fight for America in every armed conflict since the Revolutionary War.

Our historic ties are also reflected in our countries’ shared commitment to democracy, good governance, and economic development.

Together, we are improving maritime security in the Atlantic, strengthening the rule of law, and encouraging investment in Cabo Verde.

As you celebrate with family and friends, I wish you peace and prosperity in the year to come.

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