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I send my best wishes to those here in America and around the globe celebrating Nowruz.

Marking the first day of spring, Nowruz commences the Persian New Year and is celebrated by Iranians and many others across the Middle East, Central Asia, the United States, and around the world.

The past year has been historic for the people of Iran.  We saw brave and courageous Iranians stand up in massive numbers across the entire country to protest their government’s corruption and demand accountability.  The people of Iran have made it clear that they want leadership that represents them, not the interests of its corrupt regime.  The Iranian people deserve leaders who listen to, respect, and invest in them, not leaders who target and persecute them while wasting money to advance their nuclear ambitions and test more missiles.

Nowruz is a time of renewal that encourages those observing the holiday to embrace a refreshed sprit of optimism.  The Iranian people have great untapped potential.  Their culture is vibrant, and Iranians excel in fields from math and science, law, technology, and the arts.  They deserve a future of peace and prosperity at home and with all other nations.  As they begin this season of renewed hope, we join our partners and allies around the world in praying for a brighter, freer future for Iran.

On behalf of the United States, I extend my warmest greetings for a joyous and peace-filled Nowruz.  Today, we are reminded once more that the forces of freedom and liberty will always triumph over evil and oppression.

Nowruz Pirouz!