Lao New Year

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
April 11, 2011

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I am delighted to send congratulations to the people of Laos as you celebrate the New Year in the coming days.

Our two countries are cooperating on a range of issues. We are working together to provide new commercial opportunities for Laos, fight drug addiction and illegal drug trafficking, expand our military-to-military cooperation and turn the tide on pandemic diseases. In the United States, Laotian Americans have positively contributed in ways large and small, from art and film to sports and literature. This year, as we mark 56 years of diplomatic relations, we remain committed to finding new ways to expand opportunities for more people in both of our countries.

I wish all Lao people joy and prosperity in the coming year. Sook dii pii mai, happy new year!

PRN: 2011/567