Trump: Have a joy­ful Ra­madan and re­ject vi­o­lence

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WASH­ING­TON: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump wished Mus­lims “a joy­ful Ra­madan” on Fri­day, urg­ing them to re­ject vi­o­lence by ex­trem­ists.

“On be­half of the Amer­i­can peo­ple, I would like to wish all Mus­lims a joy­ful Ra­madan,” said Trump, who is wind­ing up a first over­seas trip as pres­i­dent that in­cluded a stop in Saudi Ara­bia.

“This year, the hol­i­day be­gins as the world mourns the in­no­cent vic­tims of bar­baric ter­ror­ist at­tacks in the United King­dom and Egypt, acts of de­prav­ity that are di­rectly con­trary to the spirit of Ra­madan,” said the United States leader, who cam­paigned last year on a pledge to ban Mus­lims from en­ter­ing the coun­try.

“Such acts only steel our re­solve to de­feat the ter­ror­ists and their per­verted ide­ol­ogy,” he said in his mes­sage to the world’s 1.6 bil­lion Mus­lims.

Trump said when he met dozens of lead­ers of Mus­lim coun­tries in the Saudi cap­i­tal Riyadh, he had vowed to stand with them to counter “ter­ror­ism and the ide­ol­ogy that fu­els it”.

“Dur­ing this month of Ra­madan, let us be re­solved to spare no mea­sure so that we may en­sure that fu­ture gen­er­a­tions will be free of this scourge and able to wor­ship and com­mune in peace,” said Trump.

“Ra­madan strength­ens aware­ness of our obli­ga­tion to re­ject vi­o­lence, to pur­sue peace, and give to those who are suf­fer­ing from poverty or con­flict.”

The pres­i­den­tial state­ment con­cluded by say­ing: “I ex­tend my best wishes to Mus­lims ev­ery­where for a blessed month as you ob­serve the Ra­madan tra­di­tions of char­ity, fast­ing, and prayer. May God bless you and your fam­i­lies.” AFP

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