The United States has extended congratulations to the citizens of Barbados as they observe their 49th anniversary of independence from Britain on Monday.
On behalf of President Barack Obama and the people of the United States, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that, as Barbadians “proudly play your anthem, ‘In Plenty and In Time of Need,’ know that we celebrate alongside you.
“The United States deeply values its friendship with Barbados based on our strong ties of commerce, security cooperation, people-to-people contacts and culture,” he said in a statement.
“We are pleased to work with you both bilaterally and through regional arrangements to promote prosperity, protect the safety of our populations, diversify energy infrastructure, and increase educational and professional exchanges,” he added.
“I am confident that, in years to come, relations between our governments and our peoples will continue to thrive,” Kerry continued. “Congratulations once again on this special day.”
In 1966, Barbados thus became the fourth English speaking country in the region to achievve full independence from the United Kingdom , after Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana.