Saturday, 6 June 2009

New beginning in Arab US relations

President Barack Obama’s call for a “new beginning” in relations with the Muslim world set a nice tone for relations between the US and the Arab world. The address, form the golden-domed Grand Hall of Cairo University called on all to societi end the “cycle of suspicion and discord”.

Citing a verse in the Koran that tells Muslims to “speak always the truth,” Obama said that that to move forward, “we must say openly to each other the things we hold in our hearts, and that too often are said only behind closed doors.”

He outlined six friction points between the U.S. and the Muslim world:

Violent extremism
Iran’s pursuit of nuclear arms
Democracy in Muslim nations
Religious freedom
Rights of women

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