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* US looking forward to support Sri Lanka's national reconciliation and development
Fri, Apr 13, 2012, 09:56 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 13, Washington, DC: Sending greetings and best wishes for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawning today, the United States said that it is looking forward to support national reconciliation and development in Sri Lanka.

In a statement released Thursday the Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the New Year celebration brings people together to renew bonds of friendship and family.

"On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to Sri Lankans around the world as you celebrate Sinhala and Tamil New Year."

"This celebration brings people together to renew bonds of friendship and family. It also gives Sri Lankans of all backgrounds, living inside and outside the country, an opportunity to help build a prosperous, democratic nation defined by tolerance and respect for human rights."

"As a partner and friend of Sri Lanka for more than 150 years, the United States looks forward to supporting your efforts to foster national reconciliation and development, and to build even stronger ties between our people."

"Congratulations and best wishes for a safe and happy holiday and a prosperous New Year," the Secretary's statement said.

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