Washington: US President Barack Obama greeted Muslims on Tuesday on the occasion of commencement of the holy month of Ramzan and said that the month delivers a message that freedom, dignity and opportunity are undeniable rights of mankind.
    
"For the world's 1.5 billion Muslims, Ramzan is a time for thoughtful reflection, fasting and devotion," Obama said in a statement.
    
"It is also an opportunity for the family and friends to come together and celebrate the principles that bind people of different faiths - a commitment to peace, justice, equality and compassion towards our fellow human beings. These bonds are far stronger than the differences that too often drive us apart," he said.
    
"This month also reminds us that freedom, dignity and opportunity are the undeniable rights of all mankind. We reflect on these universal values at a time when many citizens across the Middle East and North Africa continue to strive for these basic rights and as millions of refugees mark Ramzan far from their homes," Obama said.
    
US stands with those who are working to build a world where all people can write their own future and practice their faith freely, without fear of violence, said Obama, as he along with the First Lady Michelle Obama extended their best wishes to Muslim communities residing in United States and around the world.

(Agencies)

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