Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I extend the warmest greetings to all those celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival.

"Around the world, families and friends are gathering to celebrate the harvest, and give thanks for the blessings we have received during the year. As part of a family of nations, America is grateful for our strong and vibrant partnerships with the peoples of the Asia-Pacific region. These friendships multiply our blessings and enhance our mutual understanding.

"As people throughout Asia and across America celebrate this harvest season, let us all continue to come together and work together to increase global peace and prosperity."