On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
July 6, 2016


On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, Teresa and I extend our best wishes to Muslims in the United States and around the world who are celebrating the joyful occasion of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, a holy month of fasting, prayer, contemplation, and community service. At the same time, we are mindful of the recent tragic events that have affected so many and remind us all, whether here in the United States or abroad, of the need for greater understanding, respect, and tolerance for all people and religions.

As diverse Muslim communities gather in celebration, they honor values of family, friendship, and charity that are shared among many religious traditions. On Eid al-Fitr, Muslims continue the important work of aiding those in need, reflecting a spirit of compassion that offers hope for shared peace, dignity, and justice across the globe.

Best wishes to all Muslims at this special and blessed time. Eid Mubarak.