U.S. Department of State:"Islamic Relief Partnership Gala" - Islamic Relief USA

Remarks from Arsalan Suleman

Acting U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation 
Washington, DC
October 13, 2016
Assalamualaikum. Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen, what a beautiful evening.

Congratulations to Islamic Relief USA (or IRUSA) for hosting this first ever Partnership Gala. And congratulations to Mark Brinkmoeller for receiving tonight’s honor. Mark is a valued partner for us at the State Department, and he and his team at USAID do such great work, so the award is very well deserved.

I would like to thank the entire IRUSA team for hosting us this evening. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with many people from Islamic Relief over the years. Thank you, Anwar Khan, CEO of Islamic Relief USA, for your leadership in making IRUSA such a valued partner for the Department of State. Among his many activities, Anwar serves on the State Department’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group, where he advises on humanitarian issues, and areas where the work of religious actors is critical to ending extreme poverty.

And thanks as well to Jihad Saleh, IRUSA’s Government Affairs Manager, for being such a valued and trusted colleague over the years.

Read the full statement on the U.S. Department of State

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