I am delighted to join President Obama and Secretary Kerry in wishing a happy, healthy, and prosperous Nowruz to all our friends in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region and around the world. As Americans, we rejoice along with all those who come together to celebrate the arrival of spring and a new year. Nowruz is a time of renewal and reconciliation – a chance for families to celebrate their heritage and culture; reflect on the past twelve months; and look forward to the year ahead. Every New Year should commence in hope and we look forward to continuing our strong partnership with the people of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region in the joint fight against Da’esh. Nowruztan pirozbet!