About the Author: Maha Angelina Armush serves as Vice Consul for Political Affairs at the U.S. Consulate in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
On August 3, 2011, U.S. Ambassador Thomas Shannon and Consul General Thomas Kelly invited representatives of Sao Paulo’s Muslim and interfaith communities to break the fast of Ramadan at the Consulate’s second annual Iftar dinner. This year, the dinner focused on themes of interfaith dialogue and religious tolerance. Ambassador Shannon underscored the value of religious tolerance, highlighting the important role Brazil plays as an international model of positive interfaith relations.
In welcoming the guests to his residence, Consul General Kelly highlighted the cultural and religious diversity of both the United States and Brazil, a diversity which has served as a source of strength for the two societies. He emphasized how the millions of Muslim-Americans in all sectors of society have enriched the culture of the United States. He also underscored President Obama’s… more »