Obama sends best wishes to Muslims on Ramadan

The US President will host a dinner celebrating Ramadan later this week.

Updated: Aug 12, 2010, 09:29 AM IST

Washington: US President Barack Obama has extended his best wishes to Muslims around the world as Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, starts.

"On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I want to extend our best wishes to Muslims in America and around the world, " Obama said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and racial equality. And here in the US, Ramadan is a reminder that Islam has always been part of America and that American Muslims have made extraordinary contributions to our country," Obama said.

He also said he will host a dinner celebrating Ramadan at the White House later this week.

Obama has been reaching out to the Muslim community, in an effort to improve America`s negative image in the Muslim world.

The first day of Ramadan this year was determined to be on Wednesday.