Donald Trump delivered a message of “friendship” to Muslim leaders when he and First Lady Melania visited Saudi Arabia in May
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US President Donald Trump on Saturday sent “warm greetings” to Muslims celebrating the end of Ramadan.

The greetings come after his administration broke with the tradition of hosting a White House event to recognize the holy month.

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“On behalf of the American people, Melania and I send our warm greetings to Muslims as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr,” Trump said in a statement.

“During this holiday, we are reminded of the importance of mercy, compassion, and goodwill.

“With Muslims around the world, the United States renews our commitment to honour these values.”

Since the Bill Clinton administration, the White House has each year hosted either an event to mark the Eid al-Fitr feast — which ends the fasting month of Ramadan — or a meal breaking the dawn-til-dusk fast, known as an iftar.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly rejected a request by his department’s office of religion and global affairs to hold an event for the holiday.

AFP