U.S Ambassador Stephanie Sullivan has hosted an Iftar dinner at her residence for the president of the National Council of Muslim Chiefs in Ghana, Abdul Qadir Tahir, represented the Chief Imam.
Also present were the Ameer of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Maulvi Alhaji Mohammed Bin Salih; Anglican Archbishop of Accra Diocese Leaders of Faiths and Most Reverend Daniel Silvanus Mensah Torto.
Ambassador Sullivan welcoming Abdul Qadir Tahir, who represented the Chief Imam, to her residence.
There were also former government officials; representatives from various councils, academic institutions, women’s associations, U.S. exchange program alumni and prominent community leaders and mentors.
The Iftar is in line with the U.S. Embassy’s long-standing tradition over the years.
Rt. Rev. Dr. Daniel Silvanus Torto greeting Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu.
Delivering her remarks, the Ambassador praised the National Chief Imam for being a staunch advocate for dialogue and peace, most recently evidenced by his attendance at Easter services at a local Catholic church.
L-R: Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu, Most Rev. Professor Emmanuel Asante, Abdul Qadir Tahir, Amb. Sullivan, and Ameer of the Ahmadiyya Mission Maulvi Alhaji Mohammed Bin Salih.
Also earlier that day, representatives of the U.S. Embassy paid a visit to two local schools. One important aspect of Islam, particularly this time of year, is zakat – or charitable giving.
USAID Ghana Mission Director Sharon Cromer, in a hand-shake with the President of Zakat Fund, Azara Abubakari-Harou
Supporting the shared goal of promoting children’s health and education, the U.S. Embassy donated food packs, including rice, oil, and canned tomatoes, to students at the Al-Za-Ki-ya and Gbawe Islamic basic schools.
U.S. Embassy representatives pose for a group photograph with some pupils and teachers
The U.S. Embassy in Ghana closely engages with both Muslim clerics and Christian clergy on addressing corruption, child protection, and more.