US secretary of state Tillerson declines to host Ramadan reception


US secretary of state Rex Tillerson has declined to host a Ramadan reception, apparently breaking a nearly two-decade long bipartisan tradition. According to two administration officials familiar with the decision, Tillerson rejected a request by the State Departments Office of Religion and Global Affairs to host the reception marking the Eid ul-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan, which began on Saturday in many countries. Since 1999, Tillerson’s five Republican and Democratic predecessors have hosted either an Iftar dinner to break the fast during Ramadan, or an Eid ul-Fitr reception at the end of the month-long holiday, CNN…

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