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With warnings about COVID-19, leaders in Iraq, Kurdistan Region wish a happy Eid al-Adha

Pigeons flutter in front of the Erbil citadel in the capital of the Kurdistan Region (AFP file photo)
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SULAIMANI — On the occasion of Eid al-Adha, officials in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq on Monday (July 19) sent congratulatory messages to Muslims, but advised caution during the celebrations due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani sent greetings to people celebrating the holiday in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq, and around the world.

"I especially wish a happy Eid to our brave Peshmerga, Asayish forces, and the honorable families of martyrs and Anfals,” he said, hoping that people will spend the four days of Eid in "a calm environment.”

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani extended his congratulations to the families of heroes, victims of the Anfal, Peshmerga, members of the security forces, and all Muslims.

"Let us embrace the messages of the Eid which includes tolerance, forgiveness, and reconciliation, and consolidate coexistence, mutual respect, and peace among all sides and communities in Kurdistan,” he said.

In response to the alarming increase in coronavirus infections in the Kurdistan Region of the past week, both leaders called on residents to abide by public health guidelines and protect themselves and their loved ones from the deadly lung disease.

"Sadly, the number of Coronavirus infections has recently increased, and I ask all people of the Kurdistan Region to abide by the safety measures,” Prime Minister Barzani said.

"I hope this celebration brings joy and stability for everyone and puts an end to the misery and the pandemic around the world. I hope life goes back to normal and our future celebrations are held in better conditions,” President Barzani said.

Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Co-President Bafel Talabani extended his warmest wish to the people of the Kurdistan Region, saying that he hopes the Eid become an opportunity to review the policies and formulate a new national strategy between the Kurdish political forces in order to overcome the problems together.

He reiterated that the "new” PUK will be responsible to all classes and strata of society and will continue on the wise policy of late PUK Leader Jalal Talabani and fight for a new Kurdistan with a forgiving spirit.

 

Speaker of the Kurdistan Parliament Rewaz Fayaq said in a statement that she hopes this Eid deepens the spirit of forgiveness, brotherhood, and coexistence between all ethnic and religious groups in Kurdistan and Iraq.

"We call on the almighty God to accept the Hajj and prayers of the pilgrims in the House of God and to bring peace and stability to our country once and for all,” she said.

In a tweet, Iraq’s President Barham Salih wished a happy Eidto all those celebrating and urged everyone to work together to resolve disagreements and ensure prosperity and peace.

"Unfortunately, in the past few days, a number of civilians were martyred due to unfortunate incidents. We ask the Almighty God to end the difficulties and pass the days with peace and prosperity,” he said.

Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, is one of the most important holidays in Islam. Celebrated on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hajj and lasting for four days, it honors the wiliness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael in obedience to God.

(NRT Digital Media)

 This story was updated at 11:12 p.m. EBL