“In the months to come, we will remain in constant dialogue with the governments of Muslim-majority countries and with Muslim communities at home and abroad,” said US Secretary of State John Kerry.
President Obama said that Ramadan was a time to “reinforce faith, compassion and forgiveness, and perseverance through adversity.”
He said that in the month of giving, Muslims around the world should remember their brothers who are suffering from hunger, poverty, and disease and stricken by conflict.
“In the United States, American Muslims join their fellow citizens to serve the less fortunate, hosting inter-faith activities that build understanding and remind us that we stand together as one American family,” said Mr Obama.
“The diversity and patriotism of America’s religious communities give strength to all of us, and our freedom to worship reminds us of the values we share,” he added.
Secretary Kerry said that one of the fundamental elements of the US diplomacy was “our desire to communicate clearly with others in support of the fundamental rights and dignity of every human being”.
He said that Ramadan is the time when we ought to spread awareness of the responsibility of the people to help those who need it.
Including those who are victims of poverty, conflict in such countries as Burma, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.
Senator Ben Cardin, a ranking member of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, appealed to all communities to work together to help those confronting challenges and struggles.
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