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Applause, some skepticism greets Obama’s speech

Video by Richard TOMPSETT

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-06-05

US President Barack Obama’s speech calling for a new beginning between the US and the Muslim world was overwhelmingly welcomed by most governments, but some influential voices expressed regret over the lack of specific details.

Click here for a transcript of Obama's Cairo speech

 

 

OFFICE OF ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU


"The Israeli government expresses its hope that President Obama's important speech in Cairo will in fact lead to a new kind of reconciliation between the Arab and Muslim world and Israel.

"We share President Obama's hope that the American effort will herald in a new age that will bring an end to the conflict and pan-Arab recognition of Israel as the state of the Jewish people living in peace and security in the Middle East.

Israel will work toward peace "while taking into consideration its national interest, first and foremost its security."
 

NABIL ABU RDAINAH, SPOKESMAN FOR PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT

 

"His call for stopping settlements and for the establishment of a Palestinian state, and his reference to the suffering of Palestinians ... is a clear message to Israel that a just peace is built on the foundations of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital."


"President Obama's speech is a good start and an important step towards a new American policy."

 

ALI AL-DABBAGH, IRAQI GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN


"The speech was historic and important and reflects a positive direction for the new administration (in Washington) and it is a new start."


"The government of Iraq is comfortable with the clarity of the president in respecting commitments to Iraq and the timetable for withdrawal stipulated in the security pact."


HASSAN FADLALLAH, LAWMAKER FOR LEBANON'S HEZBOLLAH


"The Islamic world does not need moral or political sermons. It needs a fundamental change in American policy beginning from a halt to complete support for Israeli aggression on the region, especially on Lebanese and Palestinians, to an American withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan."


"The U.S. administration bears the responsibility for the problems that Obama presented. Violence in the region, the source of which is the Zionist entity, American wars, and the attempts to plant rifts between sects is an American project."


MOHAMED HABIB, MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD DEPUTY LEADER


"It's a public relations address more than anything else."


"There's an unjust perspective on the part of the American president towards the Palestinian issue, one that does not differ from former President Bush's and the neoconservatives' perspective."


SHEIKH ABDULAHI SHEIKH ABU YUSUF, MODERATE SOMALI ISLAMIST GROUP AHLU SUNNA WALJAMACA


"Obama's speech is good and Islam means peace. Obama, let's follow the verses you quoted from the Koran."


"Al Qaeda has misinterpreted Islam and turned out to be the enemy of all mankind. Islam says let all nations live peacefully and may the chaotic ones be punished. Islam does not order anyone to destroy mosques and churches. Westerners, al Qaeda is a bomb you planted -- let's remove it together."


SHEIKH MOHAMED IBRAHIM BILAL, SOMALI INSURGENT MOVEMENT AL SHABAAB

"Obama's speech is useless unless he stops his political interference with Somalia and the Muslim world."


"If he means what he says, let him withdraw his troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. Stop supporting AMISOM (AU peacekeeping force in Somalia) and the Somalia government."
 

 

Date created : 2009-06-04

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