On behalf of the Opposition of Trinidad and Tobago, I extend warm greetings to the people of the United States of America as they celebrate their Independence Day on July 4th. This significant occasion marks the anniversary of the United States Declaration of Independence and serves as a reminder of the values of liberty, democracy, and freedom that unite us all.
Trinidad and Tobago and the United States of America share a long-standing relationship rooted in mutual respect, cooperation, and friendship. We recognize and appreciate the historical ties that bind our nations and the contributions made by the vibrant Trinidadian and Tobagonian diaspora in the United States, who have enriched both countries with their talents and diverse cultural heritage.
As we commemorate this auspicious day, we reflect upon the principles upon which the United States was founded – the principles of equality, justice, and the pursuit of happiness. These principles resonate with people across the globe and serve as a constant reminder of the importance of upholding human rights, fostering inclusive societies, and championing the aspirations of all citizens.
Trinidad and Tobago and the United States of America have shared interests in various areas, including trade, security, and cultural exchange. As the Leader of the Opposition, I emphasize the importance of fostering stronger ties between our nations, promoting dialogue, and exploring opportunities for collaboration that benefit our respective countries and contribute to regional and global stability.
On this occasion, let us renew our commitment to working together to address common challenges such as climate change, economic development, and the promotion of democracy. By standing shoulder to shoulder, we can build a brighter future for our nations and forge even stronger bonds of friendship.
Once again, I extend warm wishes to the United States of America, its government, and its people as you celebrate your Independence Day. May this day serve as a reminder of the shared values that unite us and inspire us to strive for a better and more inclusive world.
Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP
Leader of the Opposition of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
4th July, 2023