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Jawad attends White House Iftar party.

WASHINGTON (PAN): The Afghan ambassador to the United States, , Said T Jawad, was among the selected diplomats invited to the maiden first Iftar dinner hosted by President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday night.

Pakistani Ambassador Husain Haqqani, along with top diplomats from Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Egypt, Iraq and Bangladesh, was also invited to the Iftar party.

Also present on the occasion were Obama's cabinet members, lawmakers and prominent American Muslim leaders.

The White House had arranged special menu including dates, green salad, spiced marcona almonds, Charlie's honey vinaigrette, organic chicken, potato and leek puree, late summer peas, kataifi wafers, oranges and lemon sorbet. "This is just one part of our effort to celebrate Ramadan, and continues a long tradition of hosting Iftars here at the White House," Obama said while welcoming his guests. "For well over a billion Muslims, Ramadan is a time of intense devotion and reflection.

It's a time of service and support for those in need," the president observed. Ramadan was also a time for family and friends to come together in a celebration of their faith, their communities and the common humanity that all of shared, he said.

"It is in that spirit that I welcome each and every one of you to the White House." Although there was no reference to Afghanistan or Iraq during his brief speech, Obama reiterated his commitment to building a better relationship with the Muslim world.

"We have a responsibility to foster engagement grounded in mutual interest and mutual respect.

And that's one of my fundamental commitments as President, both at home and abroad," he said. "That is central to the new beginning that I've sought between the United States and Muslims around the world. And that is a commitment that we can renew once again during this holy season," Obama concluded.

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Date:Sep 3, 2009
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