Minister of State Kent Congratulates the People of Uruguay on the Occasion of Their National Day

No. 232 - August 25, 2009 (2:45 p.m. EDT) The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas), today congratulated the people of Uruguay as they celebrate their country’s declaration of independence.

"Canada extends warm wishes to the Uruguayan people as they commemorate the 184th anniversary of their country’s declaration of independence," said Minister of State Kent. "Canada and Uruguay enjoy a strong, long-standing friendship that reflects our shared commitment to democracy, international security, the promotion and protection of human rights, and multilateralism."

Canada values the active role Uruguay takes in global affairs, including its outstanding commitment to UN peace support operations—Uruguay is the organization’s largest per-capita contributor of troops. Canada particularly appreciates Uruguay’s significant contribution to the international efforts to restore peace and stability in Haiti, where Canada is also deeply engaged.

Canada established direct diplomatic relations with Uruguay in January of 1953, when it opened an embassy in Montevideo. Relations have expanded gradually since Uruguay’s return to democracy in 1984 after a decade of military rule.

"As Canada advances in its engagement in the Americas, which supports a more democratic, prosperous and secure region, we look forward to continuing to work with this valuable hemispheric partner to fully develop the potential of our bilateral relationship," said Minister of State Kent.

For more information, please visit Canada-Uruguay Relations.

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