Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Congratulates the Colombian Community as it Celebrates Independence Day

Jul 20, 2009
Press Release

For Immediate Release:

MIAMI-Today Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) made the following statement on the 199th anniversary of Colombia’s independence from Spain:

“I congratulate the people of Colombia and all Colombians around the world as they celebrate nearly two centuries as a sovereign nation.   

“Colombia remains our strongest ally and friend in the region.  President Alvaro Uribe and the democratically elected government of Colombia have led that nation with unprecedented courage and determination and have been successful at improving the lives and safety of the Colombian people.   

“In the last year alone, President Uribe has made significant progress in improving security while advancing freedom in an increasingly unstable hemisphere.  It is imperative that we continue to support him and his initiatives, including a Free Trade Agreement and PLAN Colombia, in order to foster continued growth of democracy in the region,” said Diaz-Balart.  
Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart represents Florida’s 25th Congressional District, which includes parts of Miami-Dade, Collier and Monroe Counties.  Diaz-Balart’s Congressional District includes the largest group of Colombian and Colombian-Americans in the entire United States.  He has taken the lead in Congress on issues important to the community such the Free Trade Agreement and funding for PLAN Colombia.