On behalf of the United States of America, I send my warmest congratulations to the people of Spain as you celebrate your National Day.

Spain is a close ally and a friend with whom we tackle a vast number of urgent global issues. Our friendship is based on shared values and interests such as the fight against climate change, the defence of democracy, and a commitment to an international rules-based order.

The United States is grateful for Spain’s leadership and partnership as a member of the G20 and the UN and most importantly as a key NATO Ally. Spain’s support for Ukraine has been unwavering, demonstrating that Spain is a champion for the principles of the United Nations Charter, including respect for national sovereignty and protection of human rights. The conversation I had with Foreign Minister Albares in May of this year reflected this commitment to democracy and holding Russia accountable for its brutal, unprovoked war.

The United States is confident our shared values and priorities will remain at the heart of Spain’s Presidency of the Council of the EU. The bonds between our nations and people have never been stronger.

The United States celebrates and congratulates you on this joyous occasion. Happy Fiesta Nacional de España to all our Spanish friends!