United States Secretary of State John Kerry says he is “delighted to send best wishes” to the people of Antigua and Barbuda, as they celebrate their 34th year of political Independence on Sunday.
“Through the Caribbean Basin and Energy Security Initiatives, our countries are working together every day to promote human rights and sustainable economic growth, defend democracy, assist marginalized youth and ensure citizen safety,” said Kerry in his message on behalf of President Barack Obama and the people of the United States.
“I am confident that, in the future, we will continue to strengthen our partnerships and to expand tourism and trade, benefiting both our societies,” Kerry added.
“On the 34th anniversary of your independence, I wish all Antiguans and Barbudans a year of peace and prosperity, and a most festive day of celebration.”
Antigua and Barbuda achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1981.
However, it remains part of the Commonwealth of Nations and remains a constitutional monarchy with Queen Elizabeth II as head of state.
In his independence message, Prime Minister Gaston Browne said “there is no doubt that our country has made tremendous strides since 1981.”