By Karima Rhanem | Morocco TIMES 10/20/2005 | 12:59 am
The US Ambassador to Morocco, Thomas T. Riley, held on Wednesday, in his residence in Rabat, an Iftar (Ramadan breakfast) ceremony to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan and to honour young Moroccan leaders who have participated in exchange programmes between the United States and Morocco.
Young Moroccan leaders from the civil society and political parties had the opportunity to debate and exchange ideas about religions, the role of civil society, Morocco's development and major reforms while sharing the Iftar.
Other figures of different faiths attended the Iftar. The US Ambassador said “the aim of the gathering was to exchange ideas on cultural and religious traditions, and encouraging inter-religious and intercultural dialogue.”
Earlier, on Monday, President George Bush hosted his fifth Iftar dinner at the White House. Bush spoke of the spirit and compassion of Islam and thanked the Muslims nations that have joined the coalition in the War on Terror.
Bush, addressing American Muslim leaders as well as members of the diplomatic corps in the meal that breaks the daytime fast during the month of Ramadan, said all Americans share the common hope of a more peaceful world.
“We must stand confidently in the cause of freedom – including the freedom of people everywhere to practice their faith in peace. We must also firmly oppose all who commit evil in God's name. I am grateful to the Muslim nations that have joined our coalition in the War on Terror – including many nations that have been victims of terror themselves.”
The US ambassador to Morocco told the guests that President Bush has encouraged Americans to travel abroad and visit Muslim families to promote greater understandings. Riley added that the United States has added a Qur'an to the White House Library for the first time in its history.