Barack Obama speech to the Muslim
United States President Barack Obama will
deliver a major speech to the Muslim world
in Egypt on 4 June 2009. The speech honours
a promise Obama made during his presiden-
tial campaign to give a major address to
Muslims from a Muslim capital during his
first few months as president. The aim of the
speech is to mend the United States’ rela-
tions with the Muslim world, which were
severely strained during the presidency of
George W. Bush. White House Press Secret-
ary Robert Gibbs has indicated that Egypt
was chosen because "it is a country that in
many ways represents the heart of the Arab
world." Analysts have highlighted the fact
that Egypt is a key player in the Middle East
peace process as well as a major recipient of
American military and economic aid. Be-
fore Egypt was announced as the speech ven-
ue, there was intense media speculation
about the location of the address. Jakarta,
Rabat, Amman, Cairo and Istanbul were all
considered likely choices. The deputy lead-
the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s
largest opposition group, dismissed Obama’s
trip and said it would be "useless unless it is
preceded by real change in the policies of the
U.S. administration toward the Arab and
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