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Ambassador Jawad Represents Afghanistan at White House Ramadan Dinner

Ambassador Said T. Jawad was among selected guests at a dinner to break the Ramadan fast, Iftar, with President Barack Obama at the White House, Tuesday September 1. 

The dinner which was held in the State Dining room brought together dozens of individuals including representatives of Saudi Arabia, Israel, France, Germany and the Palestine Liberation Organization to dine on dates, a traditional feature at the dinner, as well as salad with spiced almonds and chicken with a potato and leek puree. 

Ambassador Jawad shared conversation with representatives of the Obama Administration and Members of Congress, including Senator Richard Lugar

“By inviting diplomats, members of his own Administration, Senators, Congressmen, representatives of civil society, along with business leaders and representatives of the younger generations to Iftar, President Obama shared a special spiritual moment with Muslims,” Jawad said.     

The president highlighted contributions made by Muslims to American culture and the “dynamism and diversity” of the Islamic community.  “Islam, as we know, is part of America,” Obama said. 

Ambassador Jawad found the president’s remarks moving and said, “I was especially touched by Mr. Obama’s recognition of the ultimate sacrifices many Muslim members of US Armed Forces have made fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.” 

“I share the president’s conviction that, together, we as a global community have a responsibility to foster engagement grounded in shared values and mutual respect of our diverse cultural heritages,” the ambassador said.

Ambassador Jawad reveled in the diversity of the occasion.  “The United States of America is a magnificent mosaic of diverse heritage, religions and ethnicities.  American Muslims are proud and accomplished numbers of this society.”  

Honoring Ramadan, which began August 22, is the latest part of the president’s sustained outreach efforts to the Muslim world.  Mr. Obama pledged during a June 4 speech in Cairo, Egypt to “seek a new beginning” between the U.S. and Islam.  

 

 

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