Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel issued the following statement today (24 June) at the end of Ramadan (Eid ul‑Fitr):
Muslim women and men around the world are currently celebrating the end of Ramadan. I wish you all a blessed Eid al‑Fitr – a blessed Festival of the Breaking of the Fast.
People of the Muslim faith have reached the end of a special month – a month of fasting and reflection, as well as social engagement. Ramadan stands for treating one another with respect and for supporting those who are in need of help. It also stands for bringing people together and for engaging in discussion, also with members of different religions.
A few weeks ago, I invited many Muslim clerics and representatives of other religions to the first conference on the Responsibility of Religions for Peace. The meeting showed what great peacemaking potential religions have. This was very encouraging!
May the end of the month of fasting be an occasion for Muslims and people of other faiths to join in the cause of promoting peace and tolerance. I wish you and your families a blessed Eid.