/ 10 September 2010

Obama marks end of Ramadan, calls for tolerance

US President Barack Obama marked the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on Thursday by reflecting on religious tolerance, as a row raged over plans by an American pastor to torch 200 Korans.

“As Ramadan comes to an end, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to Muslims in the United States and around the world on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr,” Obama said in a statement.

“This year’s Eid is also an occasion to reflect on the importance of religious tolerance and to recognise the positive role that religious communities of all faiths, including Muslims, have played in American life.”

Obama said that the victims of recent floods in Pakistan were on the minds of many people around the world, and noted Americans could contribute to a relief appeal via the State Department website.

The White House earlier said that officials were considering an approach to Florida pastor Terry Jones, who has outraged global Muslims by threatening to burn the Qur’ans on Saturday, the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. – Reuters