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Speech Delivered by Barack Obama in Cairo, Egypt (2009)locked


President Barack Obama s visit to Cairo Egypt in June 2009 was expected to mark the beginning of a new era in relations between the United States and the Muslim world after nearly a decade of conflict and mutual suspicion Obama used the occasion to deliver a speech that was praised for its acknowledgment of Palestinian grievances the growing democratic movement in Egypt and the need for reform in some of the governments that the United States had supported for decades Obama honored the intellectual and cultural traditions of Islam in the speech and even uses Koranic passages to support his points It was largely the promise of this speech that led the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award the president with the Nobel Peace Prize later that year although the award was not without controversy However the goodwill engendered by the speech was largely undermined by the continued policies of ...

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