Obama calls for promotion of ties between US and Islamic world

Calling for promotion of ties between the US and the Islamic world, President Barack Obama and appealed to both sides to work together to surmount all challenges and to guarantee a better future for the coming generations.

Last Updated: Jun 16, 2010, 23:14 PM IST

Cairo: Calling for promotion of ties
between the US and the Islamic world, President Barack Obama
and appealed to both sides to work together to surmount all
challenges and to guarantee a better future for the coming
generations.

In his speech read out at a conference "Initiatives in
Education, Science and Culture Towards Enhanced US- Muslim
Countries Collaborations", Obama said the two sides should
listen to each other and learn from each other.
Obama`s message was read out on his behalf by
his representative to the event Rashad Hussain, the US Special
Envoy to the Organisation of the Islamic Conference.

He said that they also must know how to respect each
other and seek to partner up in the service of humankind, MENA
news agency reported.

Around 300 scholars, writers, politicians,
journalists, moderate clergy and youth from the United States,
Muslim Majority Countries, and representatives of some other
Western Countries are attending the conference in Egyptian
coastal city of Alexanderia.

"While we work together to address the security and
political issues that have often been sources of tension, we
must also seek new partnerships among our governments and
peoples to address the issues that matter most in our daily
lives," Obama said.

"We need a sustained effort to listen to each other,
to learn from one another, to respect one another, and to seek
common ground. I urge all participants to follow this paradigm
as you explore the critical issues that will shape our
collective future, and build upon our new beginning," he said.

Special Representative to Muslim Communities
India-born Farah Pandith talked about the US` immense efforts
to push forward cooperation with the Islamic world and live up
to the promise made by Obama of a new beginning for US-Islamic
relations.
PTI