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US Secretary of State Tillerson wishes Muslims a "Very Happy Ramadan Kareem", but reportedly declines Eid al-Fitr at State Department
The United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has issued the statement marking the start of Ramadan saying, "On behalf of the United States Department of State, Renda and I sincerely wish Muslims around the world a peaceful and blessed Ramadan."

"Ramadan is a month of reverence, generosity, and self-reflection. Most importantly, it is a cherished time for family and friends to gather and give charity to those who are less fortunate. This time reminds us all of the common values of harmony and empathy we hold dear. I wish all those celebrating a very happy Ramadan Kareem," he added.

However, according to reports emerging from various media sources, Tillerson will not be holding an event to commemorate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan which was being held consistently for the last 18 years.

Reportedly, Tillerson has declined a request by the State Department's Office of Religion and Global Affairs to host the reception to mark Eid al-Fitr at the end of Ramadan as usual.

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