Secretary Kerry To Host Reception in Honor of Eid al-Fitr

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 11, 2016

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will host a reception to mark the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr at 6:00 p.m. on July 12, 2016, in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the U.S. Department of State.

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, a holy month of fasting, prayer, contemplation, and charity. During Eid al-Fitr, Muslims continue the important work of aiding those in need, reflecting a spirit of compassion, and honor values of family, friendship, and community.

The reception will emphasize the importance of “citizen diplomacy” and highlight ways ordinary individuals forge and strengthen ties with countries, communities, and individuals around the globe. At this event, Secretary Kerry will underscore citizen diplomacy as a cornerstone of the State Department’s public diplomacy and foreign policy efforts.

The Secretary’s remarks will be pooled press coverage for video and open press for writers and still photographers.

Final access time for writers and still photographers: 5:15 p.m. from the C Street lobby.

The event will be livestreamed at and Follow @StateDept and @SpecialRepMC on Twitter or on Facebook for updates.

Media representatives may attend this event 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 card (driver's license, passport).

For further information, please contact the Press Office at 202-647-2492.