Statement by Deborah Lyons on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr

12 May 2021

Statement by Deborah Lyons on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr

KABUL - I warmly extend Eid Mubarak wishes to all Afghans on behalf of the United Nations in Afghanistan.      

We share your hopes for an Eid free of conflict so every family can celebrate this special and important time in peace. 

At this moment of reflection and tolerance, we stand together with all Afghans who above all else call for peace. I sincerely hope that the sense of solidarity and compassion that we enjoy during Eid, will continue after the festivities.

The United Nations has stood by and worked with the people of Afghanistan for 75 years. Let me assure you that we have no plans to go anywhere. We intend to stay the course and work with all of you.

As an entirely civilian organization in Afghanistan, we will use our impartiality to work for with all Afghans in the days ahead.

We recognize that the threat posed by COVID and the changing security landscape can be a source of anxiety. Be assured, the UN remains fully focused on bringing Afghan parties together so peace negotiations have the best possible chance to bring about a peaceful settlement. Truly the only settlement possible. 

Observation of the holy month of Ramadan, a time for contemplation and compassion, will soon come to a close. I hope that Eid will be an occasion to reflect on the terrible suffering caused by the conflict but also, as importantly, a time for everyone to come together in our renewed efforts in a renewed commitment towards peace.

Your great poet, Rumi used to say, “What you seek is seeking you.” We know that in the bottom of the hearts of all Afghans, there is a seeking and a searching for peace, so let’s continue together to that important destination.

With all respect, to all your families and on behalf of the UN family in Afghanistan I convey a joyous Eid and a peaceful year ahead. 

Eid Mubarak!


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