Hezbollah says Obama gave a sermon

June 5th, 2009 - 5:06 am ICT by IANS  

Barack Obama Beirut, June 5 (DPA) The Hezbollah-run television station in Lebanon said late Thursday that US President Barack Obama had given a sermon and not a speech in Cairo earlier in the day.

Al Manar television’s main news anchor started the night news bulletin by saying “Obama appeared like he was a giving a sermon or acting like a preacher during his speech which was addressed to the Islamic world.”

“It is a historic speech with no doubt, but it requires careful reading between its words and lines,” the Al Manar anchor said.

He added that the US president and his aides “exerted heavy efforts in choosing the right words…to address the people in this part of the world.

“But despite all the efforts, Obama stayed on the political line which the US has been following, especially on the issue of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict…which he alone does not have the keys to,” the Hezbollah-run television said.

The station said that Obama did not offer anything new regarding the Iranian nuclear issue.

The militant group’s TV station broadcast Obama’s speech as he was speaking in Cairo University earlier in the day.

The group has not yet itself issued an official reaction to the speech.

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