Gurban Bayramy Statement

Ambassador Matthew S. Klimow
Ambassador Matthew S. Klimow

On behalf of President Donald J. Trump, the people of the United States, and the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat, I extend my heartfelt best wishes to the people of Turkmenistan as you mark the occasion of Gurban bayram.

During these difficult times, this commemoration and celebration of sacrifice takes on new significance. In the United States and here in Turkmenistan, many are choosing to forego our traditional celebrations in order to protect the health of our loved ones and our societies’ most vulnerable. Families and communities feel the loss of in-person celebrations and fellowship and are finding new and innovative ways to mark this important holiday. In the United States and around the world, the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has given new urgency to the Gurban bayram tradition of charity and kindness to those most in need.

This year the celebration of Gurban bayram also presents us with new opportunities—opportunities to reflect on those things that truly matter, to help those who are struggling, and to strengthen the bonds of faith, friendship, and community in new ways. Here at the U.S. Embassy, we look forward to continuing to strengthen our relationship with the people of Turkmenistan in the year ahead and to find new ways to grow closer.

Once again, our best wishes to the people of Turkmenistan as you celebrate this important holiday. Gurban baýramyňyz gutly bolsun!