The citizens of Venezuela today celebrated their 200 years of independence.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton congratulated the people of Venezuela as they celebrate their national day.
Ms. Clinton said both the United States and Venezuela share a close history of cooperation and respect. She added that the idea of individual liberty and equality fueled the imaginations of their founders and led them to independence.
She emphasized that for years both have honored each other’s revolutionary figures and the powerful, lasting legacy they created.
“All across the United States – in towns, villages, counties, streets, and schools – you will find the name “Bolivar.” And in Caracas, the statue in Washington Plaza memorializes the father of American independence.” -Ms. Clinton
She added that Venezuelan bicentennial is an opportunity to reflect on all that the country has accomplished as a nation, and on the natural friendship that exists between their peoples. She highlighted that U.S.-Venezuela friendship will continue to flourish as they work toward their shared goals and their commitment to a better future.
“I wish all Venezuelan citizens everywhere good health and happiness on this special day and in the year to come.” -Ms. Clinton
Venezuela is among the most urbanized countries in Latin America. Its vast majority of Venezuelans live in the cities of the north especially in the capital Caracas.