Obama makes a valiant attempt to bring Arab world close to U.S (Part II)June 4th, 2009 - 9:46 pm ICT by ANI
“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; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles - principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings,” Obama said.
Recognizing that change could not occur overnight and no single speech could eradicate years of mistrust, Obama said: “I am convinced that in order to move forward, we must say openly the things we hold in our hearts, and that too often are said only behind closed doors. There must be a sustained effort to listen to each other; to learn from each other; to respect one another; and to seek common ground. As the Holy Koran tells us, “Be conscious of God and speak always the truth.”
Obama stated that human history had often been a record of nations and tribes subjugating one another to serve their own interests. Yet in this new age, such attitudes were self-defeating.
“Given our interdependence, any world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will inevitably fail. So whatever we think of the past, we must not be prisoners of it. Our problems must be dealt with through partnership; progress must be shared. That does not mean we should ignore sources of tension. Indeed, it suggests the opposite: we must face these tensions squarely.”
According to BBC, the White House officials had said the speech was intended to start a process to “re-energise the dialogue with the Muslim world”.
Obama received a standing ovation at the end of his speech at Cairo University. (ANI)
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