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April 29, 2022

Charge d’Affaires Remarks for April 28, 2022

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests.

Welcome to my home and thank you for joining in this iftar. I extend our best wishes to Muslim communities here in Chad and hope the blessed month of Ramadan has been full of joy and promise.

As the Holy Qur’an teaches, “whoever does even an atom’s weight of good will see its results.” With that in mind, I believe this sacred month is a time for reflection and spiritual growth. Communities come together to practice forgiveness and resilience, to show compassion and generosity of spirit to those in need, of giving, and to celebrate the many blessings of life with loved ones.

As Chad continues to look forward to the National Dialogue, the United States will continue all our efforts to support your work building a democratic, stable and prosperous Chad.

Tonight, the simple act of breaking the fast will be an even more poignant reminder of the joys of health, family, and community.  And we will continue to hold in our hearts all those families grieving a lost loved one who are facing an empty chair at the table.

Every day, we see heartbreaking accounts of lost lives and the images of families and children struggling to survive. These tragedies remind us of our common humanity—and the common teaching of all great faiths, including Islam—that we should always do unto others as we would have done unto us. During this holy month, as Muslims everywhere honor God’s great mercy let us also renew our shared commitment to show kindness, mercy, and understanding to one another.  Let us honor the simple yet profound truth that all people are equal in dignity and rights.

Arabic version:كلمة القائمة بالأعمال في حفل الإفطار السَّنوي_