Hussein Obama in Cairo while addressing to the Muslim world.
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U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday used his first Ramadan message
to assure Muslims that his administration had an ‘unyielding’
determination to resolve issues that plague relations between the
Muslim and western worlds.
“We are committed to keeping our responsibility to
build a world that is more peaceful and secure. That is why we are
responsibly ending the war in Iraq. That is why we are isolating
violent extremists while empowering the people in places like
Afghanistan and Pakistan,” Obama said.
He also said that his government is “unyielding in
our support for a two-state solution that recognises the rights of
Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace and security.”
The US president not only identified the real issues,
but also demonstrated a better understanding of Islam and its
All his efforts, he said were a part of America’s
commitment to engage Muslims and Muslim-majority nations on the
basis of mutual interest and mutual respect.
“And at this time of renewal, I want to reiterate my
commitment to a new beginning between America and Muslims around the
world,” he said.
“This new beginning must be borne out in a sustained
effort to listen to each other, to learn from each other, to respect
one another and to seek common ground. I believe an important part
of this is listening,” he added.
He said that in the last two months, American
embassies around the world had reached out not just to governments,
but directly to people in Muslim-majority countries, receiving ‘an
outpouring of feedback’ about how America could be a partner on
behalf of peoples’ aspirations.
“We have listened. We have heard you. And like you,
we are focussed on pursuing concrete actions that will make a
difference over time — both in terms of the political and security
issues that I have discussed, and in the areas that you have told us
will make the most difference in peoples’ lives,” Obama said.
Such consultations, Obama said, were helping his
government implement the partnerships that he called for in Cairo. (ANI)