Clinton Wishes Iranian People A Happy New Year | Amid escalating tensions between Iran and the the West, and what President Obama has termed “loose talk of war,” U.S. Secretary of State HIllary Clinton today released a message for Noruz, the Iranian New Year. Obama, in years past, released videos marking Noruz. Clinton’s statement, which was also released in Arabic and Farsi, cited the 3,000-year old tradition as a reminder “of our shared commitment to a better world”:
The people of the United States join you in welcoming the opportunities of this new year and the possibilities for strengthening ties of family and friends. And as we face new challenges, we remain committed to our support for universal human rights and the freedom of expression — rights that promote peace and progress.