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World leaders deliver New Year messages

01-04-2011 08:56 BJT Special Report:2011 New Year |

World leaders have delivered New Year messages, looking to 2011 with hope and calling for unity among their people in working together to tackle challenges lying ahead.

THE UNITED STATES

U.S. President Barack Obama, who spent his new year vacation in Hawaii, said in his weekly address on Saturday that the most important task in 2011 was to keep the economic recovery going.

The United States is "riding a few months of economic news that suggests our recovery is gaining traction," he said. "And our most important task now is to keep that recovery going."

Obama wished Americans a happy new year and said his "commitment" for 2011 is "to do everything I can to make sure our economy is growing, creating jobs, and strengthening our middle class."

JAPAN

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said in his new year's message that the government will decidedly launch a political reform in order to recover the trust of the public.

On the economy, he pledged to promote discussions on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, and pursue economic partnership with the European Union, South Korea and Australia. He also said the government will make efforts on the country's tax reform.

IRAQ

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani in his New Year message called on his nation to unite together to combat terrorism.

In a televised address to the nation on Thursday, Talabani extended the warmest wishes to the Iraqi people and urged his countrymen to continue to work in order to "lay the foundations for the new Iraq."

Iraqi people and government need to work together in combating terrorism to maintain peace and stability in 2011, he said.

MEXICO

Mexican President Felipe Calderon said Sunday the country now stands a better chance to achieve its goals in 2011 after having difficulties in the past year.

Mexico has taken the "path of the growth" and there will be more jobs and opportunities this year, he said in a televised New Year's message to the nation.

The president pledged to support local projects and provide government funds to finance the entrepreneurs in a bid to spur economic growth, while promising expanded healthcare coverage.

He also said he will continue fighting the organized crime.

"We will continue fighting crimes with strength and determination, because it is the way to guarantee the security in the country ... We are going to defeat the criminals to build a peaceful Mexico."

SOUTH AFRICA

South African President Jacob Zuma called on the government, business, labor and other sectors to spur economic growth and create more jobs, saying: "Working together we will make this happen."

"Most importantly, we know that the New Year wish of scores of South Africans is to find jobs," he said in his New Year message to the whole nation.

"It is also the dream of many citizens who lost their jobs during the hard-hitting global economic recession, which cost our country close to a million jobs," he said.

THAILAND

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Sunday that narrowing economic and social disparities in the society is his government's top priority policy in 2011.

Abhisit said his government wanted to see "a better balanced economy" between the have and have-not in the nation in its efforts to reform the economy.

"Our ultimate goal is to see Thai people enjoy better living," Abhisit said in his weekly national televised address.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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