Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo’s Statement on Panama’s Independence Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I extend best wishes to the people of Panama as you celebrate 115 years of independence on November 3.
The United States and Panama share a special history of close ties, shared values, and mutual understanding. In my October trip to Panama, I reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to remaining steadfast partners and friends, collaborating to promote thriving and sustained economic growth, regional security, and strong democratic institutions. Panama is not just a key partner but also an increasingly strong regional leader, and the United States applauds Panama’s advocacy for democracy in the hemisphere. Let us work together, as we always have, to build on your regional leadership in these areas, shunning corruption and committing to transparency.
We look forward to many more years of friendship and cooperation between our two countries and celebrate with you on this special day.