CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Thurs. Aug. 5, 2010: The United States is congratulating Jamaica ahead of its 48th anniversary of independence tomorrow, insisting it looks forward to strengthening the rule of law throughout the Caribbean,
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton extended the greeting on behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States as Jamaica gets ready to mark its anniversary of independence from Britain on August 6th.
`We join you in celebrating the rich history and culture of Jamaica and honoring the many accomplishments of the Jamaican people,` stated Clinton. `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.`
The comment comes just months after the U.S. and Jamaica wrangled over an extradition order for Christopher `Dudus` Coke, an accused drug lord. With Coke now in U.S. custody and several more extradition orders reportedly passed on to the Jamaican government, the U.S. seems bent on mending fences and helping Jamaica with its crime fight through funding.
Meanwhile, Clinton also recognized Jamaica`s contributions to the relief and rebuilding efforts in Haiti, as well as its commitment to protecting its citizens.
`Today, we honor all Jamaicans and celebrate the vibrant friendship between our countries,` added the U.S. Secretary of State.