Ambassador Bass Welcomes the Start of Ramadan

On behalf of all of my colleagues here at the U.S. Embassy, I want to wish all our Afghan friends and partners a blessed Ramadan.

This month is a time for reflection, prayer, and generosity.  Fasting during this month teaches patience and reorients one’s focus to the world beyond our individual, immediate needs.  As families come together each night to break the fast, they remember those who are less fortunate, and they reflect on the value of community.

As we all reflect, it also is a good time to review how we can help each other and our countries grow and prosper. Here at the Embassy, we support Afghans in need through programs to address poverty and initiatives to spur economic growth and employment.

In this season of personal sacrifice, we should also remember and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives for the hope of a more peaceful Afghanistan.

The terrorists who falsely claim to act in the name of Islam have only caused more harm and suffering for ordinary Afghans.  We hope and work each day to bring an end to such terrorist violence so that all Afghans can live in peace.

We honor this holy month together here in Kabul and throughout the country as a time for hope, peace, and charity.  And it is with that sentiment that I wish you and your families all the very best during the month of Ramadan and beyond.

Ramadan Mubarak