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Obama vows to overcome mistrust with Muslims

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Washington, April, 27 : President Barack Obama on Monday renewed his commitment to a "new beginning" with the Muslim world, vowing no let-up in US efforts to promote Middle East peace, curb militant violence and boost economic development.

Seeking to build on his outreach to Muslims in a speech in Cairo last June, Obama used a US-hosted Muslim business conference to underscore what his administration has done so far and to pledge further work to overcome mistrust.
While Obama has made progress toward mending America's image in the Islamic world, he still faces stiff challenges in his handling of the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the nuclear standoff with Iran and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"I knew that this vision would not be fulfilled in a single year, or even several. But I knew we had to begin and that all of us have responsibilities to fulfill," Obama told the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship.

The focus on business development marked the Obama administration's strategy of trying to broaden the conversation with Muslims beyond the "war on terrorism" that dominated the Bush-era approach and alienated many.

But, speaking to an audience of 250 business people from more than 50 countries, Obama also waded into some of the hot-button issues between Washington and the Muslim world that he acknowledged "have often been a source of tension."

Many Muslims are especially disappointed by Obama's failure so far to advance Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking despite promising in his first days in office to make it a high priority.

He assured his audience he would not abandon US diplomatic efforts, which have been stymied by a dispute with Israel over Jewish settlement building and divisions among the Palestinians.

"Despite the inevitable difficulties, so long as I am president, the United States will never waver in our pursuit of a two-state solution that ensures the rights and security of both Israelis and Palestinians," Obama pledged. But he offered no new initiative to revive long-stalled peace talks.

Obama also asserted that the United States was "responsibly ending" the war in Iraq and "in Afghanistan, Pakistan and beyond, we're forging new partnerships to isolate violent extremists, combat corruption and foster the development that improves lives and communities."

Delivering on a promise :

The two-day conference sought to deliver on a promise Obama made in his Cairo speech, in which he pledged to do more to boost economic development and bolster US business ties with the Muslim world.

Obama's predecessor, George W Bush, had been widely criticized by Muslims for the perception that his administration viewed them mostly through the lens of terrorism. Under Bush, America's image in the Muslim world suffered mostly because of the Iraq war, the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal and the Guantanamo detention center.

"There's so much more we can do together, in partnership, to foster opportunity and prosperity in all our countries," Obama said as he sought to focus more on talking about doing business together.

He announced a series of efforts, including exchange programs for women in technology and for high tech leaders from Silicon Valley to share their expertise, said his global technology and innovation fund would "potentially mobilize" more than $ 2 billion in private capital.

"The new beginning we seek is not only possible, it has already begun," Obama said, echoing the language of his Cairo speech.

"It exists within each of you, and millions around the world who believe, like we do, that the future belongs not to those who would divide us, but to those who come together; not to those who would destroy, but those who would build."

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke challenged the entrepreneurs to take "the tremendous success that all of you have had individually and expand it throughout the Islamic world."

In addition to Locke, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and other senior US officials will participate in sessions alongside private sector experts like Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang, Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus and Arif Naqvi, head of Abraaj Capital, the largest private equity firm in the Middle East.

While the summit was widely viewed as a positive step, analysts said Obama ultimately would be judged in the Muslim world not by his hosting of business conferences but on his handling of big geopolitical issues.

Aside from the Middle East, Obama has struggled to advance on other fronts. The administration is pushing ahead with its strategy for the war in Afghanistan despite increasingly brittle relations with Afghan leader Hamid Karzai.



Like [0]Dislike [0] #6 , Dubai2010-04-28
Mr.Indian, Now Iam not talking out of topic, this was topic about Obama. Mr.zakir told about Israel & Palestines so I mentioned about Pakistan and Afghanistan.Israel people are Powerful and GOD is with them, & u know that well if u have read Bible Quran &. No country can pressure them or defeat them. Nobody knows what is happening in Israel & Palestines.I cant say anything to Obama i can say it only to common people like Zakir,u & myself. We are just discussing here what is right right what is wrong, so please be mature. U are out of this topic so please read the ur comments after u type my friend.

Secondly we are not like chaddi's ok (dont ever try to say it again), we Love peace and we respect other beliefs even though we dont follow it. Y to act like educated, we are educated in every field. we dont need to act like educated.

So my Brother Zakir every one is not perfect in this world everyone have weakness whether its in muslim country or in Christian Country. We should change our mind status when we are in public. We should terat everyone human being as humanbeing. Thats all.
Like [0]Dislike [0] #5 , RE: Obama vows to overcome mistrust with Muslims2010-04-27
Lloyd, all solutions for problems remain there in Palestain, if you solve there problem you will not see a single problems in the entire muslim world. Americans occupied Iraq because Saddam was threataning Israelis, he wanted to distroy them all and before that americans finished him. In Afghanistan Alqaida was treataning Israelis that is why Americans are there but till now they could not succeed distroying Alqaida and Taliban entirely and meanwhile they wanted to have free supply of oil from the Uzbekistan and Kazikistan etc. its not at all possible till now. Now there is trouble from Iranians this is also because of Israelis and you can see how much Americans trying to distroy Iranians by putting preasure on them. Can you tell me are they policemen of entire world or are they interested in sorting out the problem of palestenians by giving there land back to them from Israelis.
Like [0]Dislike [0] #4 , Riyad/Mlore2010-04-27
Dear Lloyd, FYI Mr. Zakir's statement is different then yours, pls read properly, that Palestinians are become minority at their own country? Actually Israeli's are supposed to be minorities, but because of USA's double standard policy make things different,

You know what, actually when Israeli's couldn't find any place to live, they come to Palestinian land and requested their cousins (Palestinians ) to provide some place to stay, after spending some time they found some evils in their mind/bad thought and try to take an advantage of that and ask Palestinians to leave their home by the support of USA, example some of your relatives come and begging you to provide some place to stay and after spending some time at your home and later insisting you to get out from your own house??

As per your point of view, you have no authority to claim to get back your own home??

And one more thing, if you find any problem in Pakistan or Afghanistan why don’t you claim to the UN or inform to so call world police USA not to Mr. Zakir, he is not a president of USA, he is a common man like me & you? At least I thought you people will thin and act like an educated, not like BD s & Chaddis, you know? What they have done to Mangalore, why there is a double standard by you, when compare to BD's of Chaddis & Israeli's, both are doing same??

Hope you understand the story?
Like [0]Dislike [0] #3 , KSA (RUH)2010-04-27
Mr.Obama first give us an answer regarding the illegally ocupied land of the palestine people by the Israelis will it be returned back to them or not.Becoz million of dollars which the US citizen pay through tax are going to Israel every year through which Israel is developing it's military technology & also the infrasructure in East Jerusalem & West Bank.When this will come to an end.And on other hand you are giving false promises to the muslim countries.What is your agenda kindly clear it out to the world.
Like [0]Dislike [0] #2 , Dubai2010-04-27
Zakir Katipalla, u may have forgot what is happening in pakistan and afghanistan there minorities are going through very bad situation. y its happening? In muslim world also minorities are suffering which should not be happened.
Like [0]Dislike [0] #1 , RE: Obama vows to overcome mistrust with Muslims2010-04-27
Instead of chasing behind Iran, if you could sort out the problems of palestin that would have brought good name for you. Palestenians are suffering a lot in their own country, now it has been occupied by israelies. Find a best solution and initiate it so that Palestinians leave peacefully and safely in their own country.

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