Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Guest List: President Obama's 2011 Iftar Dinner

Lawmakers, Ambassadors, 9/11 families, religious leaders join President, but the list is dated Aug. 13, 2010...

As released by the White House, following is a partial list of the attendees at President Obama's Iftar dinner on Wednesday night, where he lauded Muslim Americans for both their service and sacrifice on 9/11. A full post is here. The event was held in the State Dining Room, and began at 8:40 PM. Four Members of Congress attended, including the two Muslim Members: Rep. Keith Ellison (DFL-MINN) and Rep. Andre Carson (IND)as did many members of the Diplomatic Corps, including 13 Arab Ambassadors, from Saudia Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, UAE, Yemen and the PLO representative. There were two pro sports players: Hamza Abdullah of the Arizona Cardinals and Husain Abdullah of the Minnesota Vikings. Religious and grassroots leaders in the Muslim American community and leaders of diverse faiths were also invited. The White House did not release a menu for the fast-breaking dinner, the third the President has hosted. The transcript of his remarks is here. (Above: The President during his remarks)

Guests from the President's Administration included Huma Abedin, Special Assistant to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the wife of former Democrat Representative from New York, Anthony Weiner; Deputy National Security Advisor John Brennan; Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, Special Advisor Samantha Power, and Press Secretary Jay Carney. (Abedin speaks with a guest, above)

The release of the guest list from the Office of the Press Secretary has the date of last year's Iftar dinner guest list on it, August 13, 2010, but many of the names are different from last year's list.

At left, guest Mansura Shajahan wiped away tears as she and her son Yusuf Shajahan were acknowledged by the President as among the 9/11 families invited to the White House for the dinner; her husband Mohammed Shajahan died in the World Trade Center on 9/11.


Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release

August 13, 2010

Expected Attendees at the White House Iftar Dinner

This evening, the President will continue a White House tradition of hosting an Iftar celebrating Ramadan in the State Dining Room. This is the third Iftar hosted by the President. The Iftar is the meal that breaks the day of fasting, when Muslim families and communities eat together after sunset.

Below is a list of some of the expected attendees at tonight’s White House dinner celebrating Ramadan:


The Honorable Andre Carson, United States Representative

The Honorable John Conyers, United States Representative

The Honorable Keith Ellison, United States Representative

The Honorable Donald Payne, United States Representative


Her Excellency Amina Salum Ali, Ambassador, African Union Mission

His Excellency Abdallah Baali, Ambassador, People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria

His Excellency Yashar Aliyev, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Her Excellency Huda Ezra Nonoo, Ambassador of Bahrain

His Excellency Akramul Qader, Ambassador of the People's Republic of Bangladesh

His Excellency Bienvenu Joseph Charles Foe-Atangana, Ambassador of Cameroon

His Excellency Adam Bechir Mahamoud, Ambassador of the Republic of Chad

His Excellency Roble Olhaye, Ambassador of the Republic of Djibouti

His Excellency Sameh Hassan Shoukry, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt

His Excellency Mory Karamoko Kaba, Ambassador of Guinea

His Excellency Bayney Ram Karran, Ambassador of Guyana

His Excellency Dino Patti Djalal, Ambassador of Indonesia

His Excellency Samir Shakir Mahmood Sumaida’ie, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq

His Excellency Micahel Scott Oren, Ambassador of Israel

His Excellency Aziz Mekour, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco

Her Excellency Aminata Maiga Djibrilla, Ambassador of Niger

Her Excellency Hunaina Sultan Ahmed Al Mughairy, Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman

His Excellency Husain Haqqani, Ambassador of Pakistan

His Excellency Mr. Maen Areikat, Ambassador, PLO Mission

His Excellency Ali Bin Fahad Faleh Al-Hajri, Ambassador of the State of Qatar

His Excellency Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak, Ambassador of the Russian Federation

His Excellency Adel A.M. Al-Jubeir, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia

Her Excellency Fatou Danielle Diagne, Ambassador of Senegal

His Excellency Bockari Kortu Stevens, Ambassador of Sierra Leone

His Excellency Subhas Chandra Mungra, Ambassador of the Republic of Suriname

His Excellency Mwanaidi Sinare Maajar, Ambassador of Tanzania

His Excellency Edawe Limbiye Kadangha Bariki, Ambassador, Togo

His Excellency Namik Tan, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey

His Excellency Yousif Mana Saeed Alotaiba, Ambassador, United Arab Emirates

His Excellency Ilhomjon Tuychievich Nematov, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan

His Excellency Abdulwahab A. Al Hajjri, Ambassador of the Republic Yemen

His Excellency Ufuk Gokcen, Ambassador and Permanent Observer, Organization of the Islamic Conference

The Honorable Damir Dzanko, Chargé d'Affaires at Interim of Bosnia

The Honorable Sufyan Salman Qudah, Chargé d'Affaires at Interim of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

The Honorable Jetish Jashari, Chargé d'Affaires at Embassy of Republic of Kosovo

The Honorable Tarek Ben Youssef, Chargé d'Affaires at Interim of Tunisia


Mr. Hamza Abdullah, Arizona Cardinals

Mr. Husain Abdullah, Minnesota Vikings

Ms. Dina Amer

Mrs. Durriya Badani, Brookings Institute

Ms. Faiza Arain, Los Angeles Police Department

Dr. Mahmoud Eboo, Aga Khan

Mr. Mohamed Ali Malouche, Tunisian American Young Professionals

Mr. Akram Syed, National Association of Indian Muslims

Mrs. Mansura Shajahan

Mr. Yusuf Shajahan

Dr. Manzoor Tariq, Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America


*AP photos

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