Washington, DC - Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: "On behalf of the Government of the United States, I congratulate the people of Costa Rica on your 197th anniversary of independence on September 15.
"Cooperation between Costa Rica and the United States is stronger than ever. Our enduring and respectful partnership, deeply rooted in our mutual embrace of democratic principles, has improved security and prosperity in both our countries. This love of democracy is the foundation that supports our fruitful cooperation on a variety of issues, from education to maritime security to the environment. We welcome Costa Rica’s regional leadership in the fight against drug trafficking and in bolstering democracy in the hemisphere.
"The United States values our longstanding friendship with Costa Rica, and we join the Costa Rican people in celebrating the anniversary of your independence."