Friday, 6 August 2010

US Secretary of State HILLARY CLINTON sends congratulatory 'Independence' message to Jamaicans

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (seen above in a January 16 photo with PM Bruce Golding and Deputy PM Ken Baugh) has expressed her congratulations to Jamaica on the 48th anniversary of our Independence. Here’s Clinton’s message:

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Secretary of State

Washington, DC

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Jamaica on the 48th anniversary of your independence this August 6. We join you in celebrating the rich history and culture of Jamaica and honouring the many accomplishments of the Jamaican people.

Our two nations are united by our shared history, values, and hopes for the future. We work together through CARICOM to promote regional security and stability, widen opportunity and prosperity, and strengthen democratic governance and the rule of law throughout the Caribbean and across the Americas. Jamaica’s contributions to the relief and rebuilding efforts in Haiti, as well as its commitment to protecting its citizens, have distinguished your country as a determined and engaged regional partner.

The United States is a stronger nation thanks to the bonds of family, commerce, and culture we share with Jamaica. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is among the many Americans of Jamaican heritage who have shaped our country and made important contributions to the global community. Today, we honour all Jamaicans and celebrate the vibrant friendship between our countries.

On the anniversary of your independence, I offer my warmest wishes to all Jamaicans for a peaceful and prosperous year.

Source: Public Affairs Section

Embassy of the United States of America



  1. i find more confidence, hope, encouragement, inspiration and strength from her than i got from any speech delivered from our so-called politicians.

  2. @ Anonymous: Oh come on, what did Clinton say? That our two countries share a common history? That is really stretching a point, isn't it? Although we both were colonies once, our 'common history' ends there, about 250 years ago! Since then they have become colonisers themselves, and the international 'don'.
    We know that a number of Jamaicans have played a significant role in the development of the US, but this has not affected their general attitude to us, has it?
    I have tremendous respect for Clinton's energy and intellect and she may be sincere. But this tendency to jump and praise all things 'nothern' and condemn ourselves must stop. This must be our independence promise to ourselves!
    Keith Noel