Speaking on behalf of President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry extended congratulations Friday to Chile on its Independence Day.
The country gained independence from Spain on September 18, 1810. According to the US State Department, Chile is one of the United States’ strongest partners in Latin America. The country peacefully transitioned to democracy in 1990, after the almost two-decades long dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, which was rife with human rights violations.
“The United States values its close and productive partnership with Chile,” Kerry said in a statement. “Our countries are bound together by our deep commitment to democracy, the rule of law, and respect for human rights.”
The State Department described collaboration between the US. and Chile on environmental protection and scientific research as “extensive,” covering energy efficiency and conservation, sustainable development, and environmental law enforcement, to name a few.
Kerry said Chile has a “well-earned reputation” with regard to climate change and renewable energy.
“The United States looks forward to our continued work together on these and other issues for many years to come,” the Secretary of State concluded.