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President Obama will not meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu The personal relationship between the U.S. and Israeli leader has. The Obama-Netanyahu relationship has been strained from the get-go. As Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren said in , “Israel's ties with the United Wright and former Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers jointly addressed a Obama's ties to Rashid Khalidi and the the Arab American Action Network.
In an interview to Al Arabiyafew days after his inauguration, Obama declared: In his inaugural address President Obama reached out to the Muslim World by saying that he seeks "a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect". He also said he would be willing to "extend a hand" to those "who cling to power through corruption and deceit" if they "are willing to unclench" their fists.
This attempt at outreach was rebuffed by the Iranian leadership. Obama told his aides that there are tensions between the Muslim world and the West which were rooted in colonialism. He also said that he knows from his personal experience that the West and the Islam are not separate worlds because they share things such as love of God and family. Obama told his aides that these are the things that bind West and Islam together.
In the meeting Obama also expressed his desire to have a piece of about Islam contributions in the speech and made sure that the equality of men and women would also be incorporated into the speech.
While Obama said a two state solution was a priority, Benyamin Netanyahu did not explicitly endorse the creation of Palestinian state. Netanyahu said Israel has the right to continue settlements, whereas Obama called for settlement growth to be frozen.
Obama also stated a "range of steps" are still available against Iran, including sanctions, if it continues its nuclear program. Obama reaffirmed his belief in a two-state solution, and stressed that Israel's obligation under a Middle East peace 'road map' includes stopping settlement growth and ensuring that there is a viable Palestinian state. Before Egypt was announced as the speech venue, there was speculation by the media about the location of the address. JakartaRabatAmmanCairoand Istanbul were all considered likely choices.
Renovations took place at the college and some final exams were postponed. Obama's tour[ edit ] U. While there, the two leaders discussed peace and economics and Obama continued to prepare his speech to be given at Cairo University the next day. President said about the talks: We discussed how we can move forward in a constructive way that brings about peace and prosperity for all people in the region.
After the speech, Obama continued his tour with a visit to Buchenwald concentration camp to pay homage to the victims of the Holocaust. Obama reaffirmed America's alliance with Israel, calling their mutual bond "unbreakable", but also described Palestinian statelessness as "intolerable" and recognizing their aspirations for statehood and dignity as legitimate—just as legitimate as Israel's desire for a Jewish homeland. The president opened his speech seeking a common ground between Muslims and the United States.
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He quoted from the Quran"Be conscious of God and always speak the truth. He described his own personal experiences with Islam, including having Muslim family members, growing up in Indonesiaa majority-Muslim country and hearing "the call of the azaan ", and working "in Chicago communities where many found dignity and peace in their Muslim faith".
On the subject of the Iraq WarObama stated, "Although I believe that the Iraqi people are ultimately better off without the tyranny of Saddam HusseinI also believe that events in Iraq have reminded America of the need to use diplomacy and build international consensus to resolve our problems whenever possible.
During the "nuclear weapons" portion of the speech, Obama stated, "In the middle of the Cold War, the United States played a role in the overthrow of a democratically elected Iranian government. Reaction[ edit ] The speech was highly anticipated and generally acclaimed by the Muslim world.
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He said that Barack Obama "has followed the steps of his predecessor in antagonising Muslims He also added that "Obama and his administration have sowed new seeds of hatred against America. Ayatollah Khamenei commented on the pending U. Even if they give sweet and beautiful [speeches] to the Muslim nation that will not create change.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas described the speech as "clear and frank Some foreign policy analysts believed that conflicts in "Sudan, Somalia, and eastern Congo" would "eclipse any other policy plans. Some foreign policy analysts have made the claim that this is "the earliest in any U. Inthen-Secretary of State John Kerry sought to draw greater attention to conflict and humanitarian crisis in DRC and surrounding countries, leading to the appointment of former Senator Russell Feingold to the position of Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region.
Critics also argue that Section misunderstands and misrepresents the role that minerals play in conflict, resulting in legislation that has produced no notable change in levels of conflict. To this end, as well as to help cut down on terrorist activities and piracy in the region, the United States had deployed special operations forces, drones, air strikes and some military advisers to influence the ongoing Somali civil war and neutralize prominent Al-Shabaab members.
A taskforce for the Horn peninsula had initiated drone strikes against pirates and al-Qaeda affiliates. State Department spokesman Robert Wood warned, "We need to see evidence of good governance and particularly real, true power sharing on the part of Robert Mugabe before we are going to make any kind of commitment" to lifting economic sanctions on the impoverished Southern African country, which has been ruled by Mugabe since independence in State Department expressed condolences to Tsvangirai, who also received minor injuries in the wreck.
Department of Defense disclosed that it had deployed 22 U. Embassy in Bamako ; the U. The Obama administration responded accordingly by placing significantly greater focus on the Arctic and Arctic issues than the Bush administration, achieving a notable first in September by becoming the first sitting President ever to visit the Arctic Circle.