Ambassador Al-Jubeir attends White House Iftar party

September 2, 2009

U.S. President Barack Obama marked the Holy Month of Ramadan last night by hosting an Iftar (breaking-fast) at the White House. The event was attended by Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel A. Al-Jubeir and other members of the diplomatic corps, members of Congress, Cabinet officials, and community members.

The annual White House Iftar serves as an opportunity for the president to honor America’s Muslim communities. During brief remarks, President Obama stressed the integral role Muslims play in the United States. “Islam, as we know, is part of America,” he said. “The American Muslim community is one of extraordinary dynamism and diversity . . . Indeed, the contributions of Muslims to the United States are too long to catalog because Muslims are so interwoven into the fabric of our communities and our country.” Presenting a message of unity, Obama spoke of the common “truths” held among the major world religions, saying, “Together, we have a responsibility to foster engagement grounded in mutual interest and mutual respect.”