Biden marks start of Ramadan, affirms working for ceasefire in Gaza

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WASHINGTON — In a statement issued to mark the start of the month of Ramadan, US President Joe Biden reiterated his commitment to increasing humanitarian aid efforts for the Gaza Strip while simultaneously striving for an urgent and sustainable ceasefire, Al-Ghad reported. اضافة اعلان

He addressed the profound pain inflicted by the ongoing war, stating, "This year, it comes at a moment of immense pain. The war in Gaza has inflicted terrible suffering on the Palestinian people. More than 30,000 Palestinians have been killed, most of them civilians, including thousands of children,” adding that as Muslims worldwide gather to observe Ramadan, the plight of the Palestinian people remains at the forefront of his concerns.

Biden outlined plans to escalate aid delivery to Gaza, affirming that the US will continue to lead international efforts to provide assistance by land, air, and sea. He highlighted recent urgent military missions to establish temporary piers capable of receiving large aid shipments, alongside coordinated airdrops with international partners such as Jordan.

Addressing the need for a ceasefire, Biden pledged ongoing efforts to achieve an immediate and sustainable cessation of hostilities for a minimum of six weeks. He reiterated his vision for a two-state solution, stating, “We will continue building toward a long-term future of stability, security, and peace. That includes a two-state solution to ensure Palestinians and Israelis share equal measures of freedom, dignity, security, and prosperity. That is the only path toward an enduring peace.”

First-ever national strategy to counter Islamophobia
Touching on hate crimes against American Muslims, Biden stressed that Islamophobia has no place in the US, a nation built on freedom of worship and the contributions of immigrants, including Muslim immigrants.

He announced plans for the development of the first-ever 'National Strategy to Counter Islamophobia and Related Forms of Bias and Discrimination', aimed at combating hatred against Muslim, Sikh, South Asian, and Arab Americans wherever it occurs.

Biden concluded with a message of solidarity to Muslims across the country, saying, “To Muslims across our country, please know that you are deeply valued members of our American family. To those who are grieving during this time of war, I hear you, I see you, and I pray you find solace in your faith, family, and community. And to all who are marking the beginning of Ramadan tonight, I wish you a safe, healthy, and blessed month. Ramadan kareem.”

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