I would like to express my best wishes to Muslims across the world as they and their families gather to celebrate Eid al-Adha. This celebration marks the completion of the Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah, one of the pillars of the Muslim faith. It is a cause of celebration for Muslims here in the UK, and indeed in every part of the world.
However, many Syrians are sadly unable to celebrate today in the peace and security they would wish for. I think in particular of them, and especially of those living as refugees in neighbouring countries and further afield. It continues to be a personal priority for me to do as much as possible to support the restoration of peace and security to Syria.
With these reflections, on this important day for Muslim families, I send my warmest wishes of celebration.