Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Secretary Clinton hosts Annual State Department Iftar Dinner

Last night Secretary of State hosted the Annual State Department Iftar Dinner where she broke fast with Muslim ambassadors, representatives from countries with significant Muslim minorities and the like. Exactly WHO was at the dinner? Well, thanks to this article from Politico, here is just a snippet from the long 10 page guest list:
the ambassadors of Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Sweden, France, Germany, the UK, Netherlands, Albania, Bosnia, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Kyrgystan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Uganda, Chad, Senegal, Cameroon, Gabon, Guinae, and Madagascar, Al Arabiya's Hisham Melham, Al Jazeera's English language bureau chief Abderrahim Foukara, Newsweek's Fareed Zakaria, Al Hayat's Joyce Karam, Pakistani GeoTv's Khamran Khan, Harvard's Hassan Abbas, and other academics, the Islamic Institute of Boston's Talal Eid, assistant secretaries of state Robert Blake, Jeff Feltman, Johnnie Carson, Kurt Campbell, AfPak envoy Richard Holbrooke, special advisor Vali Nasr, Clinton's special rep to Muslim communities Farah Pandith (who was sworn in today), North Korea envoy Stephen Bosworth, State Department deputy chiefs of staff Huma Abedin and Jake Sullivan, national security advisor Gen. James Jones, deputy national security advisor Thomas Donilon, NSC deputy national security advisor Denis McDonough, the NSC's Dennis Ross, the OVP's Herro Mustafa, the White House office of global engagement senior director Pradeep Ramamurthy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Keith Ellison, Reps. Howard Berman and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Muslim Congressional Staffers Association president Jihad Saleh, government officials from the OMB, FBI, DHS, State Department, Congress, etc. of Islamic heritage, the American Task Force for Palestine's president Ziad Asali, the New America Foundation's Afshin Molavi, the Carnegie Endowment's Karim Sadjadpour, the University of Maryland's Shibley Telhami, Muslim Student Association president Asma Mirza, Egyptian American country singer Kareem Salama, artist Nasreen Haroon, other leaders of NGOs and foundations, journalists, writers, and entrepreneurs

Read her full remarks here or watch below:

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