Who's coming to Clinton's Iftar dinner?
Laura Rozen, Politico, September 15, 2009
Who's coming to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Iftar dinner tonight at the State Department?
At quick glance of the 10-page guest list: the ambassadors of Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Sweden, France, Germany, the UK, Netherlands, Albania, Bosnia, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Kyrgystan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Uganda, Chad, Senegal, Cameroon, Gabon, Guinae, and Madagascar, Al Arabiya's Hisham Melham, Al Jazeera's English language bureau chief Abderrahim Foukara, Newsweek's Fareed Zakaria, Al Hayat's Joyce Karam, Pakistani GeoTv's Khamran Khan, Harvard's Hassan Abbas, and other academics, the Islamic Institute of Boston's Talal Eid, assistant secretaries of state Robert Blake, Jeff Feltman, Johnnie Carson, Kurt Campbell, AfPak envoy Richard Holbrooke, special advisor Vali Nasr, Clinton's special rep to Muslim communities Farah Pandith (who was sworn in today), North Korea envoy Stephen Bosworth, State Department deputy chiefs of staff Huma Abedin and Jake Sullivan, national security advisor Gen. James Jones, deputy national security advisor Thomas Donilon, NSC deputy national security advisor Denis McDonough, the NSC's Dennis Ross, the OVP's Herro Mustafa, the White House office of global engagement senior director Pradeep Ramamurthy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Keith Ellison, Reps. Howard Berman and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Muslim Congressional Staffers Association president Jihad Saleh, government officials from the OMB, FBI, DHS, State Department, Congress, etc. of Islamic heritage, the American Task Force for Palestine's president Ziad Asali, the New America Foundation's Afshin Molavi, the Carnegie Endowment's Karim Sadjadpour, the University of Maryland's Shibley Telhami, Muslim Student Association president Asma Mirza, Egyptian American country singer Kareem Salama, artist Nasreen Haroon, other leaders of NGOs and foundations, journalists, writers, and entrepreneurs.
"Ambassadors of [Organization of Islamic Country] OIC states were invited, or countries with significant Muslim minorities," one official explained. A rabbi friend of Clinton's, Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO of the Orthodox Union's kosher division, will also be there, an official says. The Syrian, Israeli and some other embassies have also been added to the invite list. "As folks have expressed interest they have found a very welcoming State," the official said.
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