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Obama: Healing a rift with Muslim world

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his much-anticipated message to the Muslim world from the auditorium in the Cairo University campus in Cairo.

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his much-anticipated message to the Muslim world from the auditorium in the Cairo University campus in Cairo.

Full text of the U.S. president’s historic speech June 4, 2009, in CairoPresident Obama made a much-anticipated speech in Cairo on June 4, where he addressed the Muslim world. '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, and need not be in competition,' he said to the Cairo University audience.After speaking at Cairo University, President Obama took a tour of the world famous Egyptian pyramids on June 4. Zahi Hawass, the secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, gave Obama a tour.The president struck a goofy pose in front of the Sphinx. When in Rome...President Obama and Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud talked at the king's horse farm outside Riyadh on June 3.'I thought it was very important to come to the place where Islam began and to seek his majesty’s counsel and to discuss with him many of the issues that we confront here in the Middle East,' Obama said. King Abdullah presented Obama with a gold medallion, complimenting him and the American people.

'I also want to express my best wishes to the friendly American people who are represented by a distinguished man who deserves to be in this position,' Abdullah said. 'Soukran,' replied Obama, thanking the king in Arabic.
AP/Gerald Herbert

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