Obama presses for reasonable deal with Iran, Kerry invokes “spirit of reconciliation” on Nowruz

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nowruzWashington DC: In his message on Nowruz, US President Barack Obama has said that Iran’s leaders have a choice between two paths.  “If they cannot agree to a reasonable deal, they will keep Iran on the path it’s on today—a path that has isolated Iran.”

US Secretary of State John Kerry, wishing the people of Iran on Nowruz, has expressed the hope that if Iran’s leaders make the right choices – the necessary choices – in the ongoing nuclear talks, that this new year and this new Spring will mark a better future both for the Iranian people and for the world.

Recalling his Nowruz greeting last year, Kerry joined US President Obama, in wishing a joyous and healthy Nowruz to all who celebrate around the world, throughout Asia and the Caucasus, to the Persian Gulf region, and to everyone celebrating the festival in the United States.

Iran’s leaders have a choice between two paths.  If they cannot agree to a reasonable deal, they will keep Iran on the path it’s on today—a path that has isolated Iran, and the Iranian people, from so much of the world, caused so much hardship for Iranian families, and deprived so many young Iranians of the jobs and opportunities they deserve. – US President Obama

US President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama

If Iran’s leaders can agree to a reasonable deal, Obama said in a statement, it can lead to a better path—the path of greater opportunities for the Iranian people.  More trade and ties with the world.  More foreign investment and jobs, including for young Iranians.  More cultural exchanges and chances for Iranian students to travel abroad.  More partnerships in areas like science and technology and innovation.  In other words, a nuclear deal now can help open the door to a brighter future for you—the Iranian people, who, as heirs to a great civilization, have so much to give to the world.

USSecretary o State John Kerry greets Foreign Minister of Iran Javad Zarif in Lausanne, Switzerland ahead of resumption of negotiations by their advisers about future o Iran's Nuclear Programme

US Secretary o State John Kerry greets Foreign Minister of Iran Javad Zarif in Lausanne, Switzerland ahead of resumption of negotiations by their advisers about future of Iran’s Nuclear Programme

In his message Kerry said “the United States and Iran have endured many harsh winters. But now, with the coming of Spring, we can all embrace this opportunity to move toward a better future.”

For centuries millions of people have gathered each year to rejoice in the arrival of Spring and partake in traditions that mark the vernal equinox as the beginning of a new year, he said adding this Nowruz, as you reflect on the preceding year and look forward to a new one, may the spirit of reconciliation mend past differences and the spirit of hope lead the way towards new growth and opportunity.


Nowruz is the name of the Iranian New Year. Nowruz marks the first day of spring or Equinox and the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar. This year Nowruz is being cedlebrate in the US on March 20 and in Iran on March 21.

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