President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush sent their "best wishes for a joyous celebration" to Iranian Americans celebrating Nowruz, the Persian new year celebration.
In a statement released by the White House March 20, Bush acknowledged that the observance "comes during a challenging time for our Nation and the world," but added that, "throughout this time of renewal, we remain dedicated to bringing hope and freedom to troubled regions around the world."
Following is the text of President Bush's Nowruz greeting:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
March 20, 2003
I send greetings to Iranian Americans observing Nowruz.
During Nowruz, people of Iranian descent celebrate the arrival of spring, a season of rebirth. This joyous occasion provides an opportunity for Persians to cherish their rich heritage and enjoy the company of family and friends in anticipation of happiness and blessings in the year ahead.
This year's observance comes during a challenging time for our Nation and the world. As the international community works to face great challenges and embrace important opportunities, America remains committed to peace, justice, and opportunity for all people. Throughout this time of renewal, we remain dedicated to bringing hope and freedom to troubled regions around the world.
Laura joins me in sending our best wishes for a joyous celebration to you, your families, and your relatives and friends in Iran.
GEORGE W. BUSH
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