Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
April 12, 2013


On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Laos as you celebrate Lao New Year starting on April 14.

Together, our two countries have been working on a number of important issues, including health, education, and sustainable economic development.

Last year saw a number of historic steps forward in the development of our bilateral relationship, highlighted by the first Secretary of State to visit your country in 56 years. In the spirit of our friendship, I wish your country continued prosperity and a joyful New Year celebration.



PRN: 2013/0405

[This is a mobile copy of Lao New Year]