WASHINGTON, May 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of State sent its congratulations to Paraguay on the anniversary of its independence on Thursday.
"On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Paraguay as you commemorate 203 years of independence on May 15.
"The people of the United States and Paraguay share many binding ties: our commitment to provide access to quality education and healthcare for all, our respect for human rights and rule of law, and our belief that all people should enjoy equality and justice. Your example offers hope to the world that the path to lasting peace and prosperity can happen without violence.
"As you celebrate your independence with asados and guaranias, the people of the United States rejoice with you.
"Vy'apave penereta ara rehe. Felicidades a ustedes en el Día de la Patria!"