White House Correspondent, Jun 6 (Just News): Wishing Muslims across the world a “Ramadan Mubarak”, the United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday hosted his first White House iftar dinner for holy Ramadan.
“Iftars mark the coming together of families and friends to celebrate a timeless message of peace, clarity and love. There is great love,” Trump said at the event.
“It’s a moment to call upon our highest ideals, and to give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy. Thank you very much. Tonight we give thanks for the renewed bonds of friendship and cooperation we have forged with our valued partners from all across the Middle East.”
There were more than 50 guests. At the head table, Trump sat with Saudi Ambassador Prince Khalid Ben Salman, and Jordanian Ambassador Dina Kawar.
Ambassadors were invited from the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Morocco, Algeria and Libya.
“To each of you and to the Muslims around the world: Ramadan Mubarak,” Trump said.
The US President said “At tonight's dinner, we especially are pleased to welcome members of the diplomatic corps, representing our friends and partners across the globe. And a very warm welcome to all of the ambassadors here tonight representing Muslim-majority nations. We're greatly honored by your presence, and thank you very much for being here.”
“In gathering together this evening, we honor a sacred tradition of one of the world's great religions. For the Islamic faithful, the iftar dinner marks the end of the daily period of fasting and spiritual reflection that occurs throughout the holy month of Ramadan,” the president added.
Trump said, “Tonight, we give thanks for the renewed bonds of friendship and cooperation we have forged with our valued partners from all across the Middle East. So many of you I spent time with not so long ago -- about a year ago. That was one of the great two days of my life. That was one of the most fabulous times, and I think we accomplished a lot together.”
“Only by working together can we achieve a future of security and prosperity for all. For this reason, I was proud to make my first foreign trip as President to the heart of the Muslim world, where I addressed an assembly of more than 50 leaders of Muslim-majority countries. That was something,” the president said.
Trump said, “So tonight, as we enjoy a magnificent dinner at the White House, let us strive to embody the grace and goodwill that mark the Ramadan season. Let us pray for peace and justice, and let us resolve that these values will guide us as we work together to build a bright and prosperous future that does honor and glory to God.”