President: We must set aside our differences and grievances

Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih at the Independence Day reception hosted by Foreign Affairs Ministry for foreign diplomats on July 27, 2020. (Photo/President's Office)

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih urged on Monday to set aside differences and grievances as the Maldivian people celebrate Eid al-Adha.

In a message to convey Eid greetings, President Solih said that the Maldivian people must give utmost priority to promote inclusivity and social harmony as they celebrate the holy day.

He urged the Maldivian people to embody the essence of Eid al-Adha by extending greetings to each other and projecting kindness and forbearance, especially to the elders of the families.

“Without a doubt, these bonds symbolize the unity which must exist among us. All events to celebrate Eid symbolize the aforementioned sacred bonds. Eid celebrations exist to eliminate the weakening of these bonds and renew it,” he said.

Noting the toll the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on daily lives, President Solih said that it is now more important than ever to ensure familial relationships remain strong and friendships and peer relationships flourish.

He urged the Maldivian people to learn from the powerful link between the Holy Hajj and Eid al-Adha celebrations, and to work together for the sake of national prosperity.