Remarks by Peter Vrooman at the Iftar Dinner

Remarks by
Peter Vrooman
Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy
At the Iftar Dinner
Orbit Hotel, Dire Dawa
June 12, 2017

(As prepared for delivery)

Salam Aleikum! Salemno! Johnette and I are delighted to be in Dire Dawa to celebrate Ramadan. Both of us want to extend our best wishes to you and your family, your loved ones, and to all Muslims in Ethiopia and around the world.  Ramadan Kareem!

Ramadan is a blessed month for Muslims, a time when family, friends and neighbors gather together to host Iftars, share meals and reflect. During Ramadan, traditions of fasting, prayer and charity are also observed.  When we meet and break the fast together, we listen to each other, exchange ideas, and build strong relationships. Johnette and I are honored to share this special occasion with you.

Muslims represent an essential part of Ethiopia’s rich tapestry of culture and diversity. During our three years in Ethiopia, we have enjoyed traveling the throughout the country, including exploring Dire Dawa, Harar City, Jijgga and Jimma. The friendship, hospitality, and respect demonstrated toward us and my colleagues at the Embassy have deepened our efforts to build peace, promote tolerance, and work together.

We wish Muslims around the world a blessed and peaceful Ramadan!