Thingyan Water Festival and New Year

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
April 11, 2014

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to congratulate and send best wishes to the people of Myanmar on the occasion of Thingyan.

The United States is committed to working in partnership to help your country realize the promise of peace, democracy, expanded economic opportunity and justice for everyone in your country. We cherish the hope that your work to achieve a historic ceasefire and political dialogue will be the basis for national harmony and a shared vision for the future.

Your leadership as ASEAN Chair demonstrates your increasing impact in the region, and showcases your country’s progress and potential.

As you gather with family, friends, and neighbors to honor your rich traditions and culture with prayer, celebration and renewal, know that the people of the United States send their best wishes for a peaceful and happy New Year.