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Statements 2010

Message From U.S. Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry

November 15, 2010 | Kabul, Afghanistan

Salaam Aliakum,

Eid Mubarak.

Like all Muslims, the Afghan people are celebrating the holy days of Eid-i-Qurban.  At this time of year, Afghans are praying, enjoying their families, visiting their elders and friends, and strengthening their community bonds.

My hope is that this joyous season will make a contribution towards our common goal of ending violence and destruction in Afghanistan once and for all.

During this season, blessed Afghans are returning home from their great pilgrimage of Hajj, with a message of peace, brotherhood, and love.  Eid-i-Qurban reminds us of the great sacrifice of the Abrahamic tradition centered on dedication, love, and peace which we all share and respect.

I fervently hope and pray that the year ahead will bring peace and prosperity to Afghanistan so that once again Afghans will be able to travel freely, to be self-sufficient, and to be respected in the region and on the international stage as well.

We, the people and government of the United States of America, stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you.  We are here to help you achieve lasting peace, growing prosperity, and a bright future.

We believe that the Afghan Nation is ready and able to achieve these goals.  Let us work together to realize our shared goals.  We should do so both because these goals are attainable, and because it is our moral duty to the next generation of Afghans and Americans that will follow us.

Sincerely,

Ambassador and Mrs. Karl Eikenberry

United States Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan