Barack Obama congratulates President Aliyev on Ramadan holiday

U.S. President Barack Obama has sent a congratulatory letter to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on Ramadan holiday.

“Dear Mr. President. On behalf of the American people, I extend to you and the people of your country best wishes as you celebrate Eid al-Fitr. Over the past month, Muslims around the world have shared the tradition of Ramadan with their neighbors while seeking solace in their faith and helping those less fortunate. I hope this special time brings you and your loved ones an opportunity for renewal and sharing. May you enjoy peace, health, and prosperity in the coming year,” Obama said in his letter.

Millions of Muslims across the world celebrated the Eid al-Fitr holiday this week, which marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan.

The celebrations took place across the world for the three-day holiday to mark the end of Ramadan which sees observant Muslims refrain from eating or drinking anything from dawn to sunset in a show of spiritual devotion. The festival of Eid al-Fitr – the ‘breaking of the fast’ – sees devout Muslims meeting to exchange gifts and enjoy food.

Azerbaijani Muslims marked Ramadan holiday two days on July 28-29. This year these two days have been officially declared as Ramadan holidays in the country.