ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE
On behalf of the State Department, I would like to extend my best wishes for a Happy Nowruz to everyone around the world who celebrates this festive occasion: from the people in Iran and the Middle East, to Europe, the Caucasus, Central and South Asia, and the Americas.
Marking the first day of Spring, Nowruz is a time to gather with family and friends, enjoy dishes and treats representing the sweetness of life, and reflect on the year that has passed while looking forward to the blessings of the future. Not being able to be with loved ones is just one of the many challenges that we have all faced as a result of the pandemic. May the Nowruz spirit of rebirth and renewal guide us all to better days.