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OBAMA INVOKES QURAN IN CAIRO SPEECH


CAIRO – President Barack Obama's speech reaching out for a fresh start with the Islamic world was laced with references to the Quran and his Muslim roots.
Never been done by any US President before him, Obama quoted the Holy Quran as commanding,"Be conscious of God and speak always the truth."
He said he shared that conviction, as "rooted in my own experience." The president noted that while he now is a Christian, his father had come from a Kenyan family that "includes generations of Muslims."
He pointed to a Muslim — Rep. Keith Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat — as the first to be elected to Congrress, saying he took the oath "using the same Holy Quran that one of our Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson, kept in his personal library."

Obama also quoted from the Holy Bible and the Jewish Talmud in making his argument for better relations between the United States and the Muslim world.
Obama touched on many themes Muslims wanted to hear. He insisted Palestinians must have a state and said continued Israeli settlement in the West Bank is not legitimate.
He assured the U.S. would pull all troops out of Iraq by 2012 and promised no permanent U.S. presence in Afghanistan.
"The part of Obama's speech regarding the Palestinian issue is an important step under new beginnings," said Nabil Abu Rdeneh, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. "It shows there is a new and different American policy toward the Palestinian issue."

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