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    Obama to address Muslims in Egypt in June

    WASHINGTON (AFP) US President Barack Obama will make a fresh attempt to ease mistrust between the United States and the Muslim world with a long-awaited speech in Egypt on June 4, the White House said Friday.

    Obama promised during his election campaign to give the speech before a major Islamic forum on US ties with the Islamic faith during his first 100 days in office, which expired last week,

    Though Obama's timetable slipped slightly, he did make a closely watched statement in the Turkish parliament last month, declaring that the United States was not at war with Islam and noted his own partly Muslim heritage.

    "On June 4, the president will give a speech in Egypt. The speech will be about America's relations with the Muslim world," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said.

    Gibbs said the speech was a part of a "continuing effort by this president and this White House to demonstrate how we can work together to ensure the safety and security and the future well being through hope and opportunity of the children of this country and of the Muslim world," Gibbs said.

    "That's what the President promised to do when he promised to give this speech."

    Gibbs said that the exact location of the speech had yet to be finalized, and defended Obama from claims that the choice of Egypt conflicted with the desire of US policymakers to promote democracy abroad.

    "It is a country that in many ways represents the heart of the Arab world," Gibbs said. "I think it will be a terrific opportunity for the president to address and discuss our relationship with the Muslim world."

    AFP: Obama to address Muslims in Egypt in June

    Now this will be interesting to see.


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    Re: Obama to address Muslims in Egypt in June

    IIRC, Cairo was the original choice for his address. Not sure if anything has changed in that regard.

    I think its a good thing. The US has some fences to mend in the Muslim world and this address speaks directly to that world. Converesly, it is an opportunity for the Muslim community to meet and listen to the ideas and worldview of the new American president.

    They may not like everything he has to say but by and large... I think he will greatly impress his audience.

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    Re: Obama to address Muslims in Egypt in June

    There's a Muslim world? I don't think so.

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    Re: Obama to address Muslims in Egypt in June

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    There's a Muslim world? I don't think so.
    Its a euphanism. I think we all understand the context of such usage.

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    Re: Obama to address Muslims in Egypt in June

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashah View Post
    IIRC, Cairo was the original choice for his address. Not sure if anything has changed in that regard.

    I think its a good thing. The US has some fences to mend in the Muslim world and this address speaks directly to that world. Converesly, it is an opportunity for the Muslim community to meet and listen to the ideas and worldview of the new American president.

    They may not like everything he has to say but by and large... I think he will greatly impress his audience.
    I agree.
    I think Obama will mend some of those fences and this will be a great time for US to tell the Arab/Muslim world and leaders what they want and think and vice versa.
    I'm very positive about the President and his future role in the Muslim world.


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    Re: Obama to address Muslims in Egypt in June

    I believe this will be a very good thing. Fence mending is a better strategy than "bring 'em on." Egypt, while having it's problems, is a very good example of a modern Muslim nation that can co-exist not only with the west, but with Israel as well. At peace and in a spirit of cooperation. Egypt is an excellent springboard of sorts for this kind of new middle east diplomacy. Jordan should be next.
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    Re: Obama to address Muslims in Egypt in June

    Quote Originally Posted by Lerxst View Post
    I believe this will be a very good thing. Fence mending is a better strategy than "bring 'em on." Egypt, while having it's problems, is a very good example of a modern Muslim nation that can co-exist not only with the west, but with Israel as well. At peace and in a spirit of cooperation. Egypt is an excellent springboard of sorts for this kind of new middle east diplomacy. Jordan should be next.
    Spirit of cooperation with Israel?

    So allowing Hamas to dig tunnels into Egypt for the purpose of smuggling weapons and rockets into Gaza, then standing idly by while said smuggling goes on, is cooperating with Israel?

    Egypt is one of the more moderate states in the Middle East, that much is absolutely true. Still, they do not "cooperate" with Israel; they have learned to tolerate Israel's existence. They prefer the Jewish state of Israel to anything the Palestinians have to offer--but all else being equal, they would, like the rest of the Middle East, prefer Israel did not exist as a Jewish state.

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    Re: Obama to address Muslims in Egypt in June

    Indeed, this is a very nice opportunity to demonstrate to the Muslim world that the U.S. is not their enemy but, their friend. The more Obama can convince them of that the more Muslims will turn against Al Qaeda type terrorist groups. That is the best way to defeat AQ and rebuild the relationship btwn America and Muslims.
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    Re: Obama to address Muslims in Egypt in June

    Quote Originally Posted by ADK_Forever View Post
    Indeed, this is a very nice opportunity to demonstrate to the Muslim world that the U.S. is not their enemy but, their friend. The more Obama can convince them of that the more Muslims will turn against Al Qaeda type terrorist groups. That is the best way to defeat AQ and rebuild the relationship btwn America and Muslims.
    The best way to defeat Al Qaeda is to let them meet Allah.

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    Re: Obama to address Muslims in Egypt in June

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    Spirit of cooperation with Israel?

    So allowing Hamas to dig tunnels into Egypt for the purpose of smuggling weapons and rockets into Gaza, then standing idly by while said smuggling goes on, is cooperating with Israel?
    Egypt puts the bite on Gaza tunnel smugglers. You were saying?

    Egypt is one of the more moderate states in the Middle East, that much is absolutely true. Still, they do not "cooperate" with Israel; they have learned to tolerate Israel's existence. They prefer the Jewish state of Israel to anything the Palestinians have to offer--but all else being equal, they would, like the rest of the Middle East, prefer Israel did not exist as a Jewish state.
    30th Anniversary of the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty. They don't cooperate? Have a read.
    Today, thanks to the vision of the Israeli and Egyptian leaders, the two countries cooperate on a wide range of issues, meeting in joint committees on various matters. The Joint Military Committee holds regular meetings to coordinate military-defense issues, thus ensuring continual communication between the armies. The Joint Economic Committee meets to promote economic-trade cooperation between the two countries. Especially productive is the field of agricultural cooperation under the Joint Agricultural Committee which meets twice a year. Since its inception in 1981, it has been responsible for the initiation of hundreds of agricultural projects, with the goal of continuously improving the agricultural knowledge and capabilities of the two countries. To date, this cooperation has produced dozens of joint agricultural farms and joint agricultural training programs, for which thousands of Egyptian agricultural trainees have come to Israel. In 2007, approximately 200 Egyptian farmers underwent training on various subjects in Israel.

    The Qualified Industrial Zones (QIZ) agreement plays an important role in the bilateral relationship of the two countries. Signed in 2004, the agreement permits Egyptian companies using Israeli agricultural products tax-free exports to the United States. This advanced form of cooperation constitutes a successful model for emulation within the framework of the bilateral relationship. The mutual trade between the two countries in 2008 amounted to 271 million dollars, as opposed to only 59 million dollars in 2004, the year prior to the signing of the agreement - an increase of over 450%.

    Another important and central element in the bilateral economic relationship is the Gas Agreement. Valued at US$ 2.5 billion over a 15-year period, this huge contract was signed in 2005 between the Israel Electric Company and the Egyptian East Mediterranean Gas Co. (EMG)

    Other areas of bilateral cooperation, albeit somewhat limited, are the areas of tourism, transportation, communications and health.

    The Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty has proven its value in political issues as well, on both the bilateral and the regional levels. Despite some difficulties, the peace between Israel and Egypt has proved to be solid and stable, demonstrating the preeminence of the desire for peace which exists in both peoples, as well as the strategic value for both countries. The current peaceful relations constitute the basic reality for all regional political developments, and represent a supportive and contributory factor in the continuation of the Middle East peace process in general and with the Palestinians in particular. Within the framework of the bilateral relations, there is an ongoing dialogue between Egypt and Israel on various issues, including problematical and sensitive matters. The regularity of meetings between the leaders of the two nations is high, and the discussions focus on both bilateral relations and the promotion of the Middle East peace process.
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