President Urges New Beginning With Muslim World

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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CAIRO (AP) -- President Obama is calling for "a new beginning" between the United States and the Muslim world, saying it's time to focus on the interests they share rather than their differences.

In a long-awaited speech at Cairo University, the president touched on his own Muslim roots. He said Muslims have made a great contribution to the United States, and "whatever we think of the past, we must not be prisoners of it."

Mr. Obama said there must be universal religious freedom, and that the two cultures "need not be in competition."

He also said the Muslim world must not fear globalization and things modern in the world, saying that "there need not be conflict between development and tradition."


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