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U.S. President Barack Obama (left) with a gift he received from Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah during a meeting at the king's farm outside Riyadh Wednesday.

US President Barack Obama (REUTERS) U.S. President Barack Obama waves before leaving for Cairo at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh June 4, 2009. REUTERS/Larry Downing

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Text of President Barack Obama’s speech at Cairo University in Egypt
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Ayman Nour prayed for an Obama victory, but does not plan to hear him in person.

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President Obama, speaking in Cairo, Egypt, urges a new chapter in ties between the U.S. and the Muslim world.

President Obama, speaking in Cairo, Egypt, urges a new chapter in ties between the U.S. and the Muslim world.

Obama in Cairo.jpgPresident Barack Obama delivered an appeal for unity from the campus of Cairo University. Photos by Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP.


 
by Christi Parsons and Mark Silva and updated

CAIRO — President Barack Obama, calling for “a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world,” said in a long-promised and widely watched address from Cairo today that the “cycle of suspicion and discord must end.”

Obama acknowledged the mistrust that both the West and Muslim nations hold for one another: The “fear and mistrust” in the United States stemming from the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, carried out by “violent extremists,” and the alienation of Muslim nations bred by “colonialism” and “sweeping change.”

“Whatever we think of the past,” the president said to a theater audience frequently applauding his repeated appeals for mutual understanding, “we must not be prisoners to it.”

This American president born of a Muslim father from Kenya and white mother from Kansas and raised for part of his childhood in Indonesia flatly declared that the U.S. is “not at war with Islam.” The readiness

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