Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I offer warm congratulations to the people of Panama as you observe the 113th anniversary of your nation’s independence on November 3.

"Panama and the United States share a long history of friendship based on our common values, rich cultural bonds, and close people-to-people ties. We applaud your successful completion of the Panama Canal expansion – a testament to your country’s critical role as a global hub of trade and commerce – and are committed to working together to expand our economic partnership, promote security in our hemisphere, and safeguard our environment.

"Best wishes for happiness and prosperity in the year ahead."