Obama mentions Maronites in Lebanon at landmark Speech in Cairo to the Muslim World

04Jun09

I stayed up till 3 am to listen to Obama’s speech on Al Jazeera English. I doubted he would mention Lebanon, as the country is traversing Parliamentary Elections. U.S. President Barak Hussein Obama addressed the whole Muslim world from Cairo. My jaw dropped while chewing, as the U.S. president mentioned the Maronites in Lebanon, the Christians and their role in the Middle East.

… there is a disturbing tendency to measure one’s own faith by the rejection of another’s. The richness of religious diversity must be upheld – whether it is for Maronites in Lebanon or the Copts in Egypt. And fault lines must be closed among Muslims as well, as the divisions between Sunni and Shia have led to tragic violence, particularly in Iraq.” – U.S. President Barack Obama, June 4, 2009

America will align our policies with those who pursue peace, and say in public what we say in private to Israelis and Palestinians and Arabs.


You also have the option of reading the full speech.

Obama however did not mention the rights of return for Palestinians.



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