US President Obama and Secretary Clinton send Nowrouz greetings

US President Barack Obama sent a message to the Iranian people on the occasion of Iranian new year Nowrouz, saying, “The future of Iran belongs to young people, the youth who will determine their destiny.”

“Your choices will shape the future of Iran and help light the world. And though times may seem dark, I want you to know that I’m with you,” Mr. Obama told young Iranians.

He added, “the same forces of hope that swept across Tahrir Square [in Cairo] were seen in Azadi Square [in Tehran] in June 2009.”

Separately, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also sent a message on Nowrouz, saying, “This year allows us to reflect on recent events in the Middle East.”

She added, “We commend the demonstration of peaceful expressions of human rights and dignity we have seen in much of the region. We join the world community in embracing Nowruz’s opportunities and in striving to uphold its values.”

Mrs. Clinton said, “May this new year be filled with a renewed sense of hope and a new commitment to the human rights and fundamental freedoms that are our universal birthright.”

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