Canberra based OIC Group of Ambassadors Hosts an Annual Iftar

Canberra based OIC Group of Ambassadors Hosts an Annual Iftar
On Friday the 31st of May, the Embassy of the I. R. of Afghanistan has jointly hosted the annual Organisation of Islamic Cooperation member state’s Iftar dinner in Canberra. This marked the second year the Iftar has taken place, with this year’s being held at Old Parliament House.22 diplomatic missions representing OIC member countries came together with stalls showcasing their culture and food; there was a large and generous diversity of national dishes for all to enjoy.The Afghanistan stall was popular and shared traditional delicacies with guests, including saffron ice cream, mantu and qabli palaw, chalaw and kababs. The attendees included diplomats, dignitaries, members of the community and Australian government officials representing the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Home Affairs, amongst others. The event brought together Muslims and non-Muslims alike in a spirit of goodwill and hospitality, and was an opportunity to gather together in sharing blessings and engage in prayer and break the fast together.The 2019 Iftar was a well-received success and the positive atmosphere as guests mingled, tried new cuisines and reaffirmed bonds reflected the qualities of sharing and goodwill that Ramadan represents. The Embassy of Afghanistan wishes to extend its thanks to the OIC Iftar organiser, the Egyptian Embassy in Canberra, as well as to all participating nations and guests who contributed to the positive reception of the evening.
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