Obama makes a valiant attempt to bring Arab world close to U.S (Part I)June 4th, 2009 - 9:45 pm ICT by ANI
Cairo (Egypt), June 4 (ANI): The United States President Barack Obama on Thursday attempted to bridge the gulf between America and the Islamic world by delivering a historical speech aimed at generating confidence, hope and an environment of development with peace among all.
US President Barack Obama said that there is need to bring an end to the “cycle of suspicion and discord” between the United States and the Muslim world.
Making a keynote speech in Cairo, Obama called for a “new beginning” in ties while admitting that there had been “years of distrust” and said both sides needed to make a “sustained effort… to respect one another and seek common ground”.
Obama made a number of references to the Koran and called on all faiths to live together in peace.
Obama said: “I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect.”
Addressing a number of issues concerning the Arab world and America, Obama touched issues comprising war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Israel and Palestinians right to exist and many other issues that influence development and peace for all.
Expressing his gratefulness to the hospitality of people of Egypt and appreciating the two institutes–Al-Azhar and Cairo University– for being a source of Egypt’s advancement for over a century, Obama said ” I am proud to carry with me the goodwill of the American people, and a greeting of peace from Muslim communities in my country: Assalaam Alaykum.”
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