UN Secretary-General, US president extend Eid greetings amid Gaza and Sudan conflicts

FILE PHOTO: U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres attends a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (not pictured) at the U.S. State Department in Washington, U.S., April 27, 2023. Source: Reuters

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres extended greetings to the global Muslim community for Eid al-Fitr, expressing sorrow over the inability of many to celebrate due to conflicts in Gaza, Sudan, and other areas.

“My heart is broken knowing that in Gaza, Sudan, and many other places, because of conflict and hunger, so many Muslims will not be able to celebrate properly,” Guterres said in a video message on X.

In his Eid message, U.S. President Joe Biden also reflected on the hardships faced by those in conflict zones. “My thoughts are with those around the world enduring conflict, hunger, and displacement, including in places such as Gaza and Sudan,” Biden stated. “Now is the time to recommit to the work of building peace and standing for the dignity of all.”

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken offered warm wishes for Eid, emphasizing America’s commitment to peace and religious freedom. “We are committed to pursuing peace and ensuring religious freedom for all people,” Blinken remarked.

According to official figures, the ongoing conflict has led to over 300,000 deaths in Gaza, predominantly among women and children, due to attacks by Israeli forces.

Additionally, the U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan, Thomas West, wished Afghans a joyous Eid al-Fitr as they face significant economic challenges following the Taliban’s takeover in August 2021.