Thingyan - New Year Water Festival

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
April 17, 2012

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Burma as you celebrate Thingyan.

Over the past year, Burma has taken important steps on an historic new path toward democracy and economic development. As you build a brighter future filled with new opportunities, the United States will continue to work with you to strengthen mutual understanding and trust between our two countries and peoples. We look forward to deepening cooperation on a wide range of issues that promote democratization and national reconciliation, from increasing access to education to expanding health care and encouraging a vibrant civil society.

As you gather with family, friends, and neighbors to honor your rich traditions and culture, know that the United States sends our congratulations and best wishes for a peaceful, prosperous, and happy New Year.

PRN: 2012/591