His Majesty Mohammed VI, the King of Morocco, has written to the Gambian leader, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh, congratulating him on the recent occasion of the Muslim New Year.
The message reads:
On the occasion of the new Hijra Year, it gives me great pleasure to send you my best wishes for good health and happiness. I also wish your people continued progress and prosperity under your wise guidance.
The commemoration, by the Muslim Ummah, of the Hijra of the Prophet (PBUH) is an occasion to reminisce about the Ummah's glorious past, which boasts many epic events and brilliant achievements. Furthermore, it urges us to promote joint action, sincere cooperation and active solidarity in order to reflect the enduring values of Islam that are based on cultivating brotherhood, moderation, justice, tolerance and inter-faith, intercultural coexistence, rejecting discord and division, fighting all forms of extremism, aggression and partition.
I pray that you may celebrate this blessed event again and again, and that you and your people may continue to enjoy Almighty God's blessings and bounties. May He grant Muslim peoples and leaders success in their endeavours to give concrete substance to the principles and teachings underpinning the Prophet's Message, and help us promote joint Islamic action to fulfill the legitimate aspirations of our peoples, who look forward to further cooperation and complementarity so that our common interests, unity, security and stability may prevail.
King of Morocco