Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
April 12, 2010

On behalf of President Barack Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of Nepal as you welcome in the New Year. This is an opportunity to celebrate national unity and goodwill in Nepal, and for people of Nepalese heritage around the world to reflect on new beginnings and possibilities. As Nepal's friend and partner, the United States hopes that the coming year will see continued consolidation of democracy, including the promulgation of a new constitution, that will keep Nepal on the path of progress and prosperity. We look forward to strengthening the partnership between our governments and the friendship between our people.

I offer my warmest wishes for a safe and happy holiday. Naya Barshako Shubha-Kamana!

PRN: 2010/427