Washington, DC - Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: "On behalf of the people of the United States of America, I extend congratulations to the citizens of Costa Rica as you celebrate the 198th anniversary of your nation’s independence.

"The relationship between the United States and Costa Rica is grounded in our mutual commitment to democracy, security, and prosperity. Costa Rica continues to be a regional model of democracy and respect for human rights, as well as a leader in the fight against transnational crime and drug trafficking.

"The United States wishes the people of Costa Rica a joyous Independence Day."