Sinhala and Tamil New Year's Greeting

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
April 12, 2012

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to Sri Lankans around the world as you celebrate Sinhala and Tamil New Year.

This celebration brings people together to renew bonds of friendship and family. It also gives Sri Lankans of all backgrounds, living inside and outside the country, an opportunity to help build a prosperous, democratic nation defined by tolerance and respect for human rights. As a partner and friend of Sri Lanka for more than 150 years, the United States looks forward to supporting your efforts to foster national reconciliation and development, and to build even stronger ties between our people.

Congratulations and best wishes for a safe and happy holiday and a prosperous New Year.

PRN: 2012/562