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UN, AU extend best wishes to Somalis as Eid al-Adha is marked

MOGADISHU (SD) – United Nation (UN) and African Union (AU) have extended their best wishes to the people and the Government of Somalia on the occasion of Eid al-Adha.

James Swan, the UN Secretary-General Special Representative for Somalia said “Warm Eid al-Adha greetings from the United Nations family in Somalia,”

In separate statement, AU envoy in Somalia, Francisico Madeira highlighted the importance of the current stage of the Somalia political life and appealed to all the citizens to spare no effort in supporting and facilitating the ongoing preparations for safe and transparent elections in the country.

 He emphasized the importance of maintaining peace, upholding unity, tolerance, fairness and inclusiveness during the electoral process.

“As we mark Eid al-Adha, we pray for peace, security, unity and tolerance during the democratic process as the Somalis choose the national leaders who will guide the destiny of the country in the coming four years.” Said Ambassador Madeira.

He re-affirmed AMISOM’s continued commitment to stand by the people of Somalia as they seek to achieve lasting peace and prosperity for the country.

Ambassador Madeira noted that the COVID-19 pandemic had restricted travel, with millions unable to embark on the annual hajj to Mecca.

He encouraged the public to embrace the ongoing vaccination campaign, which is one of the interventions that will help ease travel restrictions and contribute to the eventual elimination of the pandemic.

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