Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I extend our best wishes as you celebrate the 194th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Guatemala on September 15.

"These are extraordinary times for Guatemala, and the Guatemalan people rightfully celebrate your independence with a great sense of national pride. You have shown your commitment to the fight against corruption and impunity through both peaceful demonstrations and the democratic process.

"As you navigate these historic moments, know the United States is committed to both continuing and expanding our close cooperation.

"We look forward to strengthening the bond between our two nations now and in the years ahead."