The United States has congratulated Trinidad and Tobago on 53 years of political independence from Britain.
In a message to the Kamla Persad Bissessar administration on Sunday, US Secretary of State, John Kerry applauded the twin island republic for ratifying the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with disabilities.
“Our two nations are united in the belief that diversity and social inclusion make our societies stronger.”
He said this year has been an historic time of bilateral and regional engagement for both countries noting that President Obama’s visit to the region “generated great momentum in our joint efforts to promote economic growth and opportunity and engage our youth through academic and cultural exchanges.”
“As you celebrate with parades at Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, and in Scarborough, Tobago, enjoy the music of countless bands, and rejoice in the achievements of your compatriots at the National Awards, be assured that the U.S. government remains a steadfast partner and friend,” Kerry said.
President Anthony Carmona in his Independence message urged Trinidad and Tobago to spare a thought and prayer for Dominica recovering from the passage of Tropical Storm Erika that left 25 people dead and many more missing and presumed dead.
In her independence message, Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar, who is seeking another five-year term in office, said everyone can be very proud of the achievements, development and influence as an independent nation.