Message by Ambassador Ma Xinmin for Corban Festival
21 July 2021
Greetings to all! On the occasion of the Corban Festival, a traditional festival observed by Muslims, I wish to extend, on behalf of the government and people of China, cordial greetings and best wishes to President of Sudan’s Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah Al Burhan, Prime Minister of the transitional government Abdalla Hamdok, our Sudanese brothers and sisters, and all Muslims in Sudan.
For Muslims across the globe, the Corban Festival is an important occasion that embodies unity, friendship, peace and happiness. With a shared desire for a peaceful world, 23 million Muslims in Xinjiang and other parts of China, together with those in Sudan and other countries, celebrates this festive moment by sacrificing livestock, sharing it among themselves and with others, and enjoying themselves with dancing and music. The occasion mirrors the Islamic aspiration for openness, inclusiveness, and harmonious coexistence.
During the festival celebrations, people reflect on themselves in great festivity, and express gratitude with love and care to others. Standing with each other in solidarity is a lofty ideal advocated by Islam. It is also the defining feature of the longstanding relations between China and Sudan. With concerted efforts to contain COVID-19, China and Sudan make their friendship firmer with broader prospects, and new achievements of bilateral cooperation are in the making. We are convinced that with relations as constant as the moon and the sun, the two countries are bound to rise from the gloom of the epidemic in unity, deepen cooperation for a shared future, and protect the shared home of mankind together.
Once again, at this auspicious moment, I wish Sudan a flourishing and prosperous future, and Sudanese people a happy festival and a joyful and peaceful life. May China and Sudan enjoy thriving and everlasting friendship!