Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of President Obama and the American people, please accept my warmest wishes and regards on the occasion of Thingyan and the New Year.
"Thingyan is a time to celebrate the opportunities a new year brings. In the new year and in the years to come we look forward to supporting the efforts of the people of Myanmar to achieve a peaceful, prosperous, and harmonious future.
"This past year brought historic changes to Myanmar, including the inauguration of President U Htin Kyaw on March 30, a culmination of the first successful and peaceful transfer of power to a democratically elected government in more than 50 years. The United States congratulates the people and institutions of Myanmar who have worked and sacrificed over many years to contribute to the ongoing democratic transition.
"As Myanmar celebrates this occasion, the United States sends its warm regards and wishes you a wonderful new year."