Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Grenada on your 42 years of independence.

"Grenada’s focus on sustainable tourism development allows visitors from across the globe to enjoy the pristine beaches and natural beauty of your country.

"St. George’s University is a wonderful multicultural center of international education that draws students from 140 countries, showcasing the welcoming spirit of Grenada and a world class educational institution.

"Your participation in the Caribbean Community, the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, and the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative demonstrate Grenada’s willingness to work closely with neighboring countries to address the region’s challenges and harness the region’s opportunities.

"As you celebrate another year of independence, know that the people of the United States wish you a joyful day and a strengthening of the friendship between our countries."