On behalf of the American people and the U.S. Embassy in Bamako, I would like to wish the people of Mali a blessed and peaceful Tabaski holiday. During this sacred holiday, Muslims from all over Mali and around the world will gather with families, friends and neighbors to honor the values of faith, charity, forgiveness, devotion and sacrifice. These are values that we, as Americans, respect deeply and that we share in common with our friends here in Mali.
I would also like to congratulate the many Malians who will perform the Hajj this year. I wish them a spiritually fulfilling experience and a safe return to their homes and families. We also join the voices of people around the world to express our condolences to the families of those who lost their lives this month in the terrible accident at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, including Imam Issa Sacko dit Karamoko Befo – may he rest in peace.
As guests and friends of the people of Mali, all of us at the U.S. Embassy extend our wishes to all of you for a safe and blessed Tabaski holiday.
Ambassador Paul Folmsbee