U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hosted an Iftar dinner Wednesday evening at the State Department to commemorate the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
In his remarks, Kerry called for people to find common ground and strive for "partnerships" in peace, prosperity and the future of the planet despite religious and other differences.
Kerry said the diversity and patriotism of America's religious communities were a "source of strength" for all.
He also mentioned the creation of the State Department's first faith-based office which he says will "reach across continents and oceans" to increase engagement with faith communities.
Iftar is the meal ending a day of fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in which Muslims believe the Qu’ran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.