Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken to Host Eid al-Fitr Reception

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 21, 2015


Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will host a reception in honor of Eid al-Fitr on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the U.S. Department of State.

Eid al-Fitr celebrates the end of Ramadan, the month of the Islamic calendar during which Muslims fast from dawn to dusk.  At this event, Deputy Secretary Blinken will highlight the importance the Department of State places on engaging Muslim communities in the United States and across the world.  The theme of the reception is “The Power of Storytelling: Highlighting the Voices of Muslim Women.”  As such, the Deputy Secretary will also honor Muslim women who are using storytelling as powerful resources to engage with communities around the world to increase mutual understanding and ties across cultures.

Deputy Secretary Blinken will deliver remarks at the reception at approximately 5:45 p.m. 

The remarks will be open to the press.

 Pre Set time for video cameras is 4:30 p.m. from the C Street entrance.

Final Access time for writers and stills is 5:00 p.m. from the C Street entrance.

PRESS CONTACTS:

Department of State

Office of Press Relations

(202) 647-2492

Media representatives may attend this briefing upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist accompanied by an official photo identification (driver’s license or passport).