"United States joins you in celebrating the vibrant history and culture of the Bengali-speaking people," he said in a press statement.

"Your rich cultural heritage, from food and song to poetry, art, and literature has greatly enriched our own."

On behalf of President Barack "Obama and the people of United States, I am delighted to send warmest greetings to Bengali communities around the world as you celebrate Pahela Boishakh," Kerry said.

"As you gather with family and friends to celebrate the New Year, know that United States stands with you as a partner and friend. Shubho Nobo Borsho!" he said.


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