Washington, DC - secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: "On behalf of the Government of the United States, congratulations to the people of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana on your 53rd anniversary of independence on May 26.

"The United States and Guyana have been friends and partners for decades, and we commend and encourage Guyana’s continued leadership on matters of regional concern.  The American Chamber of Commerce-Guyana continues to create trade partnerships and opportunities, resulting in greater prosperity for both our countries.  As Guyana looks toward production of its oil resources, the United States stands ready to assist to ensure all Guyanese will benefit.  The United States looks forward to a future of strong ties and collaboration based on our shared democratic values.

"The United States joins you in celebrating Guyana’s diversity, freedom, and natural beauty.  On behalf of the citizens of the United States, I wish the citizens of Guyana a prosperous year and a happy Independence Day celebration."