WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry emphasized America's commitment to "strengthening our partnerships throughout the Asia-Pacific" in his Lunar New Year message on Friday.
Kerry issued the press statement on January 31, a date chosen based on the Chinese lunisolar calendar to celebrate the beginning of a new year.
"On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I am delighted to extend best wishes to the many people around the world who celebrate the arrival of the Lunar New Year on January 31.
"In this festive time, we should all take a moment to pause and reflect on the shared humanity that ties us together -- not just here in America, but around the world.
"As a Pacific nation, the United States is deeply committed to strengthening our partnerships throughout the Asia-Pacific.
"That’s why President Obama recently announced the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative. That’s why we’re investing in the Fulbright Program. And that’s why we’re deepening our economic cooperation, improving regional security, and advancing mutual understanding across cultures, faiths, and nations.
"As millions around the world welcome the Year of the Horse, the United States sends heartfelt wishes for good health and prosperity. May the New Year bring ever greater cooperation in pursuit of our common goals."
[U.S. State Department]