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Ambassador Karl Eikenberry's Message on the Occasion of Eid Al-Fitr – 2010

September 09, 2010

Salaam Aleykum and Eid Mubarak. I’m delighted to celebrate the end of Ramadan by wishing all of you a happy Eid. As Muslims in the United States and around the world complete the month of Ramadan and celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, my wife Ching and I would like to extend our personal greetings on this joyous occasion.

For Muslims the world over, Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of a holy month of fasting and prayer. This time of self-reflection reminds us that the values of Islam – charity, community, cooperation, compassion – are values which are cherished everywhere. These common values sustain us and renew our faith. Remembering to give our best to each other and to our neighbors and friends renews our trust and hope for ourselves, our families and our communities.

On behalf of the U.S. and all your friends at the U.S. Embassy, I would like to say that I am proud and humbled by the dedication and courage I have seen as the Afghan people have come together to work for their communities, to protect their neighbors, and to strengthen their society and nation.

In particular, as the time for elections nears, I congratulate the hard-working and dedicated Afghan citizens who are contributing to building a free and independent Afghanistan, by standing for office, by working on campaigns, and of course, by casting their vote, which is the right and duty of every citizen.
On behalf of the American people, we congratulate Muslims in Afghanistan, in the United States and around the world on this blessed day.   Eid Mubarak.