US Secretary of State John Kerry has wished Muslims in the United States and around the world a happy and blessed Ramadan.
"On behalf of the United States Department of State, Teresa and I wish Muslims in the United States and around the world a happy and blessed Ramadan," he said in a statement marking Ramadan.
Kerry said Ramadan is a cherished month in Islam and it is a sacred period of prayer and fasting, offering hospitality, and remembering those who are less fortunate.
"Through our embassies and consulates around the world, we recognize these important values through Ramadan events, which demonstrate our
commitment to promoting social cohesion, diversity, and welcome within our communities," he said.
During this month of peace and renewal, Kerry said they wish the 1.6 billion Muslims around the world a joyful Ramadan Kareem.