The dinner, which breaks the daily fast of Ramadan for Muslims around the world, on Monday night was attended by ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps representing Muslim-majority nations, reports ABC News.
Trump cited the devastating attacks on Muslims killed in New Zealand, Sri Lanka, California and Pittsburgh. The US president added saying, “In their blessed memory, we resolve to defeat the evils of terrorism.”
Trump’s speech emphasised world peace. “We thank god that America is a place founded on beliefs that citizens of all faiths can live together in safety and live together in freedom.”
He ended his address with a Muslim blessing: “Wish all the people around the world Ramadan Kareem.”
Trump also stated Ramadan is a time of charity, of giving, and service to our fellow citizens. Ramadan is a very special time, adding, “It’s a time to draw closer as families, neighbours and communities.”
The iftar dinners have been regularly held at the White House since the former President Bill Clinton’s administration.