The citizens of Argentina today celebrated the anniversary of their independence.
Independence of Argentina was declared on July 9, 1816 by the Congress of Tucuman. The declaration of independence all happened with the continuation of the battle that started from 1810 against the Spanish colonizers. The Spaniards ruled over the country and imposed strict restrictions on Argentina’s trade relations with other countries, creating a monopoly over the market.
At DC today, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton send her best wishes to Argentines as they celebrate their independence day.
U.S. Secretary of State, Ms. Clinton says Argentina and the United States share important common values that have helped shape and strengthen our relationship.
Both countries are committed to strengthening democracy and promoting fundamental freedoms.
Both nations are working to expand social inclusion, promote scientific excellence, and increase the exchange of students and scholars between our countries.
“I hope you enjoy the locro and asados during your Independence Day celebrations. As you celebrate with family, friends, and loved ones, know that the United States stands with you as a partner and friend.” – Ms. Clinton
The United States and Argentina today share a common focus on promoting democracy, social and economic development, regional stability, international security, and a strong commitment to human rights and the rule of law.
The two nations also share a common commitment to multilateral cooperation and to addressing some of the most pressing global challenges, including non-proliferation, conflict prevention, and fighting terrorism.
The United States is not only seeking to forge a cooperative partnership with Argentina, but to enlist Argentina’s support in building a deeper partnership with the international community to address 21st century problems.
At the UN General Assembly in 2009, President Obama spoke about a new era of multilateral engagement, with the understanding that the United States does not and cannot stand separate from the world, but rather is embedded in it – economically, politically, and culturally.
In May 2010, the President also released the U.S. National Security Strategy, once again emphasizing that the United States must sustain international cooperation to meet the global challenges of the 21st Century.
Consider for a moment some of the key priorities highlighted by President Obama in the strategy document:
The promotion of Human Rights links to another critical priority shared by the United States and Argentina – peacekeeping missions.
In March 2010, when Secretary Clinton met with President Fernandez de Kirchner, she highlighted among many things Argentina’s important contributions to peacekeeping efforts around the world, especially in Haiti. As the Secretary noted, “In the wake of the terrible earthquake there, Argentina has been a vital contributor to the rebuilding and recovery efforts.”
Argentina became prosperous and famous between 1880 and 1929. The Latin American country has emerged as one of the ten richest countries in the world, benefiting from an agricultural export-led economy.