Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I offer my warm congratulations to the Canadian people on the 149th anniversary of the founding of the Canadian Confederation on July 1.

"We are proud to count ourselves among Canada’s closest friends, partners, and allies. We are also very fortunate to call you our neighbor.

"Our shared border is the envy of nations and is a daily reminder of the intimate economic, security, and people-to-people ties that bind us together and strengthen both our countries.

"In March, the United States was honored to welcome Prime Minister Trudeau to Washington. We were also inspired by the North American Leaders Summit you hosted this week.

"These visits reflect the many interests we share and the broad cooperation that exists between our nations. In particular, I’m grateful for the work we do together to combat climate change, advance our shared clean energy agenda, counter the threat of violent extremism, promote international peace, and uphold democratic values.

"As you celebrate with your families and friends, allow me to wish you Happy Canada Day!"