Obama sends best wishes for Muslim holy month

U.S. President Barack Obama talks to Bill Hughes (L) while ABC reporter Ann Compton (R) holds her granddaughter after arriving at the White House on Marine One, June 27, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson, Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama talks to Bill Hughes (L) while ABC reporter Ann Compton (R) holds her granddaughter after arriving at the White House on Marine One, June 27, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/27 4:28 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Obama is sending his best wishes to Muslims in the United States and around the world on the start of the holy month of Ramadan.

Obama says in a statement that the U.S. is grateful for Muslim-American organizations, individuals and businesses that work to reduce the income gap and poverty through charitable efforts and programs that provide education, skills and health care to students, workers and families.

The Muslim holy month starts this weekend and is marked by daily fasting from dawn to sunset.

It ends with the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

Obama says he's looking forward to opening the White House to Muslim Americans for a traditional iftar dinner. It's the meal that breaks the daytime fast.

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