Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Ecuador as you celebrate the 207th anniversary of your nation’s Proclamation of Independence today.
"The friendship between our countries is long standing, and so my nation was shocked and grieved by the devastating earthquake that struck your northern coastal region this past April. The United States admires the determination and unity with which you responded to that tragedy, and we were pleased to join with others in the international community in providing emergency aid.
"Looking ahead, my country looks forward to building on our strong economic relationship, our cooperation on security and law enforcement matters, and our robust people-to-people ties. Each year, more U.S. citizens travel to Ecuador to explore your beautiful and diverse land, and educational exchanges continue to increase in both directions.
"On this special day, I offer my best wishes to all the people of Ecuador for a safe and prosperous year to come."