US President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden issued a statement on Wednesday, extending their warmest wishes to Muslims in the United States and around the world on the occasion of the start of the holy month of Ramadan. The Bidens reaffirmed their support for Muslim communities experiencing hardships and devastation, especially those affected by the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria and the floods in Pakistan.
The statement also expressed solidarity with Muslims facing oppression, including the Uyghur community in China and the Rohingya community in Myanmar. The Bidens further acknowledged the contributions of Muslim Americans in various fields, such as science, technology, arts, law, medicine, business, and government, in strengthening the diversity of the nation.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also issued a statement marking the start of Ramadan, in which he announced that many US embassies and consulates would be hosting iftar meals to celebrate the month's beautiful traditions and demonstrate a commitment to promoting social cohesion, inclusion, and diversity within communities. Blinken expressed appreciation for the partnerships with diverse communities across the Muslim world and reiterated the US's commitment to promoting religious freedom both domestically and abroad.