Speaking in Mexico City on 5 June, Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement to mark the beginning of the fasting month of Ramadan:
I wish all Muslims a peaceful and blessed Ramadan in the company of their families.
This year, once again, millions of people will celebrate this special month in Germany and throughout the world.
For Muslims, Ramadan is an important time for reflection, contemplation and fellowship. I was able to experience this first hand last year, when I was privileged to celebrate Ramadan with Syrian families in Brandenburg. Despite the difficult journey these people had endured, the time spent together with their families gave them strength and optimism.
My desire is that in view of the many crises and conflicts in the Islamic world in particular, this festival will send a message of hope and peace, of respect and tolerance.