Statement on Jamaica Independence Day

Press Statement
Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
August 6, 2019

On behalf of the people of the United States, I want to extend my warmest congratulations to the people of Jamaica as you celebrate the 57th anniversary of your independence on August 6, 2019.

The United States and Jamaica have long been friends, partners, and allies, with enduring cultural and economic ties and a commitment to democratic and free market traditions. We join you in celebrating your triumphs of this past year, including the UNESCO recognition of reggae as part of the cultural heritage of humanity, as well as Jamaica’s continued economic growth and prosperity. Together we have worked to advance the prosperity, security, health, energy security, and disaster resiliency of the Caribbean region. Our cooperation demonstrates the benefits that strong partnerships bring to citizens of both our countries. The United States remains firmly committed to working closely with Jamaica to achieve our shared interests outlined in the U.S.-Caribbean 2020 strategy, the U.S. Caribbean Resilience Partnership, and the U.S.-Jamaica Child Protection Compact Partnership. We also celebrate the tenth anniversary of security cooperation with Jamaica within the framework of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative. The United States looks forward to our continued collaboration in these and other endeavors.

On this joyous day of celebration and reflection, I offer my kindest regards to the Jamaican people and wish you much prosperity in the years ahead.