U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement to commemorate the Persian New Year:
"Today, I want to extend my warmest wishes for a happy Nowruz to all those who mark the first day of spring. For millions of people around the world who will gather with their families and friends in celebration, this time of year signifies a time of reflection, merriment, and new beginnings.
"Here in the United States, there are millions of Iranian-Americans who have maintained their cultural heritage and their Nowruz traditions. The community has made significant contributions to our country, enriching the fabric of American society. Let us wish our neighbors, friends, and constituents a fruitful new year.
"I also want to take this opportunity to reaffirm the United States' commitment to supporting the Iranian people's aspirations to live freely and to express themselves without fear of punishment. As chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I intend to work with my colleagues and the Administration to hold the Iranian government accountable not only on the nuclear program and support for terrorism, but also to ensure it meets its international human rights obligations.
"Wishing everyone a happy spring. Eideh shoma mobarak."