Embracing the Spirit of Hope This Nowruz

Secretary of State John Kerry joined President Barack Obama in wishing a joyous Nowruz to all who celebrate around the world. Each year millions of people around the world -- from the Islamic Republic of Iran to Central Asia to the Caucasus to communities in the United States -- gather to celebrate Nowruz, an ancestral festivity that marks the arrival of Spring and a new year. This cultural tradition, which is recognized annually by the international community on March 21, promotes values of peace and solidarity between generations and within families as well as reconciliation and being good neighbors.  

In a statement, Secretary Kerry recognized the contributions of Iranian Americans across sectors of American society and reflected on the unprecedented diplomatic progress that has been made toward successful implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action which will ensure Iran’s nuclear program is exclusively peaceful. Secretary Kerry said, “For the people of Iran, we hope this Nowruz will prove the start of a better future, defined by greater opportunity at home, increased engagement with the international community, and access to the same rights and freedoms enjoyed by others across the globe.” He continued, “Every new year, and every spring should commence in hope. It is in that spirit that we embrace this day knowing that, even as stark differences remain between the governments of the United States and Iran, friendship between our peoples remains a goal well worth pursuing.”

In a video message, President Obama spoke directly to the Iranian people also underscoring the importance of this opportunity to pursue a different future between our countries. “...together we have to speak up for the future we seek....I believe that our countries should be able to resolve this issue peacefully with diplomacy,” he encouraged.

President Obama highlighted how Nowruz and the ushering in of spring represents a new beginning for Iran as adjustments to its nuclear program have resulted in some sanctions relief. He outlined the contrasting paths Iran’s leaders must choose between, underscoring that agreeing to a reasonable nuclear deal can lead to increased opportunity and greater integration into the international economy for Iran. President Obama noted his hope that Americans and Iranians will seize the moment and expressed optimism about the possibilities that can bloom as a result. He concluded, “For decades, our nations have been separated by mistrust and fear. Now, it is early spring. We have a chance to make progress that will benefit our countries and the world for many years to come.

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Posted by DipNote Bloggers
March 21, 2016

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