Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Costa Rica as you celebrate the 195th anniversary of your nation’s independence today.

"Our countries enjoy a longstanding and remarkably strong friendship, rooted in our shared values and commitment to keeping our citizens safe, supporting democratic institutions, defending human rights, and expanding economic opportunities for all.

"As millions of people from my country have discovered, Costa Rica is a land of outstanding natural beauty. The United States is proud to partner with you to preserve the environment, protect our ocean, and tackle climate change, and we look forward to continued collaboration on these issues and many others in the years to come.

"On this special day, I wish all Costa Ricans a joyous celebration. ¡Vivan siempre el trabajo y la paz!"