US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has turned down a request to hold a Ramadan event at his department, breaking with a 20-year-old tradition observed by both Democrats and Republicans, according to a new report.
Apparently, the top US diplomat was asked by the State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs to host a reception for Eid al-Fitr day, on which Muslims celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan, Reuters reported Friday.
All US state secretaries have hosted Ramadan events at the department since 1999, the year then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright held the first event.
A department spokesman said a Ramadan event was still possible in future.
“We are still exploring possible options for observance of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the month of Ramadan. US ambassadors are encouraged to celebrate Ramadan through a variety of activities, which are held annually at missions around the world,” he told Reuters.