Cairo, Jun 4: US President Barack Obama, who is on a historic visit to Muslim nations called for a 'new beginning between the United States and Muslims'on Thursday, Jun 4. "I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive," he said to a cheering audience.
"This cycle of suspicion and discord must end," Obama said in a widely anticipated speech in one of the world's largest Muslim countries.
He added that Islam has always been a part of America's story. "I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear," Obama emphasised. Adding that he related himself to Islam, he quoted Quran in his peace message.
Below is the brief excerpts of Obama's speech in Cairo.
-Muslim world must fight nuclear proliferation
-We want to prevent nuclear arms race to Middle East
-Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance
-In the context of Iraq no government should be imposed
-Will leave Iraq by 2012
-Governments should reflect the will of the people
-Some measure their faith by rejecting others
-People should be free to choose their faith
-All nations including Iran has right to access Nuclear weapons
-Nuclear weapons are a matter or tension between Muslim nations and US
-Regarding Iran, Obama said his nation is ready to move on. It is up to them what they want
-We will work for a separate State of Palestine
-Palestine should recognise Israel's right of existence
-There is no justification for 9/11
-US will leave Afghanistan when peace returns
-We are helping Afghan to develop economy
-Our daughters can contributes to society just as our sons
-Will change West's suspicion on Islam
-Muslims must shed stereotypes of US
-Will launch science, technology fund for muslims
-US will never be at war with Islam