On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
August 19, 2012

As we mark the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting and prayer for Muslims around the world, I am delighted to wish all Muslims a peaceful and joyous Eid al-Fitr.

To honor this special time, Muslims in the United States and throughout the world will gather for Eid celebrations according to their rich and diverse traditions, celebrating the shared values of family, charity, and community. In times of change and uncertainty, the celebration of these common values brings us together and emphasizes the importance of greater cooperation and cross-cultural understanding.

As Secretary of State, it is my honor to host an Eid celebration at the Department of State in Washington every year. As we celebrate this year's event, we will honor the contributions of individuals who work to further dialogue, a shared vision and mutual respect between the United States and Muslim communities around the world so that together we may forge a new era of understanding and cooperation among all people.

Congratulations and best wishes to all Muslims around the world on this joyous day. Eid Mubarak.

PRN: 2012/1330