WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle extended good wishes Monday to the worlds 1.57 billion Muslims ahead of the Eidul Azha. Michelle and I extend our greetings for a happy Eidul Azha to Muslims worldwide and wish safe travels to those performing Haj, Obama said in a statement. This year, nearly three million pilgrims from more than 160 countries - including the US- have gathe-red in Makkah and neigh-bouring sites to perform the Haj rituals and stand together in prayer. Obama said last week during a visit to Indonesia that his administration was on the right path to improving relations with the Islamic world but there was still a lot more work to do. In his message Monday, the US leader said the religious holiday serves as a reminder of the shared values and the common roots of three of the worlds major religions. On behalf of the American people, we extend our best wishes during this Haj season - Eid Mubarak and Haj Mab-rour, he added, using the trad-itional holiday greetings in Arabic.