Obama tells Muslims ”Americans are not your enemy”January 27th, 2009 - 3:24 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan.27 (ANI): President Barack Obama has told the Muslim world that “Americans are not your enemy” and renewed his pledge to travel to make an address in the capital of a major Muslim nation. “My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy - we sometimes make mistakes - we have not been perfect,” Obama said in an interview with the Al-Arabiya satellite television network. “But if you look at the track record … America was not born as a colonial power, and that the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago, there’’s no reason why we can”t restore that,” he added. During the 2008 election campaign, Obama vowed to improve US ties with the Muslim world and said he would travel to a major Islamic forum abroad to send that message.
“We”re going to follow through on our commitment for me to address the Muslim world from a Muslim capital,” he said in the interview with the Dubai-based channel.
“We are going to follow through on many of my commitments to do a more effective job of reaching out, listening as well as speaking to the Muslim world,” he said.
Obama did not give a time, or a venue for his visit to a major Muslim capital. (ANI)
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