1. Trump administration not to host Ramadan event this year

Trump administration not to host Ramadan event this year

Since 1999, Republican and Democratic secretaries of state have nearly always hosted either an Iftar dinner to break the day’s fast during Ramadan or a reception marking the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of the month, at the State Department.

By: | Washington | Published: May 27, 2017 12:33 PM
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump, Trump administration, Ramadan, Islamic holy fasting month US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. (Reuters)

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has declined a request to host an event to mark the Islamic holy and fasting month of Ramadan, according to reports. The move could break a bipartisan tradition that has been in place for nearly 20 years as the month of fasting and prayer for Muslims gets under way in many countries on Saturday.

Since 1999, Republican and Democratic secretaries of state have nearly always hosted either an Iftar dinner to break the day’s fast during Ramadan or a reception marking the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of the month, at the State Department. Tillerson turned down the request forwarded by the State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs to host an Eid al-Fitr reception as part of Ramadan celebrations.

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The reports emerge days after U.S. President Donald Trump in his first official tour abroad visited the Muslim majority nation of Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, where he addressed the leaders of more than 50 Muslim countries. However, earlier Trump came under much fire for his attempts to ban citizens of several Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

Meanwhile, Tillerson issued a statement on Friday to mark the start of Ramadan, which he called “a month of reverence, generosity, and self-reflection.” President Trump also wished Muslims “a joyful Ramadan,” on Friday, urging them to use the holy month to reject violence by the extremists.

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    MURTAZA
    May 28, 2017 at 7:59 am
    Wahabism is the way to terrorism. Saudi wahabi government are funding their madresa and wahabi mosque; so that both in future can transform into terror camp. but unfortunately Western countries supports saudia for money and oil. The arms deal is a big gift to all terrorist groups. Truth is bitter some times.
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      MURTAZA
      May 28, 2017 at 7:56 am
      Trump is a main financer of terrorism. World's largest terrorism are funded by Saudi Kuwait and all wahabi dominated countries. Terrorism will never end unless we defeat Saudi wahabi government. Putin is a hero. Russia is defeating terrorism while America supports terrorism by helping Saudis.
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        Asumpi
        May 27, 2017 at 4:54 pm
        I like trump,EVER SINCE HE BECAME THE PRESIDENT almost all the people and media were against him but more they portray MR PRESIDENT as annoying the more I like him , because in my view he is totally different from what people are addressing him. He's the greatest politician I have ever seen , he does what is right even though people are against him he does what he think is right , MAY GOD BLESS MR. PRESIDENT and his family and administration and god bless USA. I SUPPORT MR TRUMP
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          John Smith
          May 27, 2017 at 1:12 pm
          CONGRATULATIONS TRUMP. THE ONLY POLITICIAN TO STAND UP AGAINST ISLAMIC TERRORISM. MAY YOU STAY IN POWERS FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS SO THAT ISLAMIC TERRORISM CAN BE ROOTED OUT.
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          1. RAMESH Iyer
            May 27, 2017 at 2:35 pm
            agreed. next one will be Modi
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