Washington, DC - Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: "On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, I extend best wishes to Muslim communities at home and abroad for a blessed Ramadan.

"For many Muslims, this month is an occasion to focus on spiritual rejuvenation, kindness and resilience, compassion for those less fortunate, and harmony across diverse communities. In the United States, many mosques and homes welcome friends and neighbors of different faiths to unite under our common American values of equality, charity, and generosity.

"In the last month, there have been attacks on places of worship of all three Abrahamic faiths, and across the world there are serious challenges to the ability to freely practice one’s faith. Governments and citizens can best overcome the hate that motivates these attackers by working together to advance religious freedom for all. Ramadan serves as a reminder to people of all faiths and backgrounds of the importance of shared compassion, respect, and support for one another. Through the daily act of breaking fast and sharing a meal, Ramadan revitalizes community bonds and emphasizes community service. In this spirit, we reflect upon our mutual responsibilities for one another, regardless of faith, and strive to be our best selves.

"Across the world, many of our embassies and consulates host iftar receptions, which demonstrate the core strengths of our diplomacy and fortify our commitment to religious freedom, inclusion of and respect for religious minority communities, and partnerships for peace.

"As the holy month of Ramadan begins, I wish all Muslims a joyful Ramadan Kareem."