President Obama Speaks to the Muslim World

The President’s speech “A New Beginning”, outlined his personal commitment to engagement with the Muslim world, based upon mutual interests and mutual respect. It discusses how the United States and Muslim communities around the world can bridge some of the differences that have divided them.

The President spoke for 55 minutes, so if you do not have time to watch the whole video, below it are excerpts taken from the speech courtesy of the White House facebook page.

“I have come here to seek a new beginning between the US & the Muslim world based upon mutual interest and mutual respect”…

“I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.”…

“Our problems must be dealt with through partnership; progress must be shared.”… 

“America has a dual responsibility: to help Iraq forge a better future – and to leave Iraq to Iraqis.”…

“America’s strong bonds with Israel are well known. This bond is unbreakable.”…

“America will not turn our backs on the legitimate Palestinian aspiration for dignity, opportunity, and a state of their own.”…

“America respects the right of all peaceful and law-abiding voices to be heard around the world, even if we disagree with them. And we will welcome all elected, peaceful governments – provided they govern with respect for all their people.”…

“Freedom of religion is central to the ability of peoples to live together.”…

“Our daughters can contribute just as much to society as our sons, and our common prosperity will be advanced by allowing all humanity – men and women – to reach their full potential”…

“I want to particularly say this to young people of every faith, in every country – you, more than anyone, have the ability to remake this world.”…

“We have the power to make the world we seek, but only if we have the courage to make a new beginning, keeping in mind what has been written.”…

“The people of the world can live together in peace. We know that is God’s vision. Now, that must be our work here on Earth.”…

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