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Obama Doing Well On The Foreign Front

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US President Barack Obama has cleared many things in a short time. He has succeeded in presenting the United States as peace-loving nation. Now he is removing the impression that the US wants the war to continue. Obama is winning the friends, which is a good sign for the whole world. Success of Obama means the success of whole humanity as at the moment he is playing the role of a savoir.

Though his actions and plans Obama has proved that the decision of Americans to cast their votes in his favour is right. He has changed the situation in a very short time. Now terrorists on the run in Pakistan. Though at the moment they have been making great damage, but they are facing total annihilation. The people of tribal areas fully support the policies of Obama as they think he is the right person for bringing peace to the world. He can play the role of savoir.

        US President Barack Obama, making his first visit to a Muslim nation as president, declared on Monday the United States "is not and will never be at war with Islam"?
        Urging a greater partnership with the Islamic world in an address to the Turkish parliament, Obama called the country an important US ally in many areas, including the fight against terrorism. He devoted much of his speech to urging a greater bond between Americans and Muslims, portraying terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda as extremists who do not represent the vast majority of Muslims.

        "Our partnership with the Muslim world is critical ... in rolling back the violent ideologies that people of all faiths reject, he said. The US president is trying to mend fences with a Muslim world that felt it had been blamed by America for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

        Obama also said Washington wanted to reinvigorate efforts towards creating a Palestinian state.

        "Let me be clear: the United States strongly supports the goal of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security," he said in the speech to Turkey's parliament.

        Chief Palestinian peace negotiator Saeb Erekat welcomed Obama's words, saying he had made a major commitment to the two-state solution. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said Israel was committed to reaching peace and would cooperate with the Obama administration to achieve that goal.

        At a news conference earlier with President Abdullah Gul, Obama dealt gingerly with the issue of alleged genocide committed by Turks against Armenians during World War I. He urged Turks and Armenians to continue a process "that works through the past in a way that is honest, open and constructive".

        Al Jazeera and Al Arabiyia, two of the biggest Arabic satellite channels, carried Obama's speech live.

        "America's relationship with the Muslim community,"? he said, "cannot and will not just be based upon opposition to terrorism. We seek broader engagement based on mutual interest and mutual respect."?

        "We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world, including in my own country,"? he said.

        The president spoke for about 25 minutes from a small white-marble-and-teak rostrum in the well of a vast, airy chamber packed with Turkish lawmakers in orange leather chairs.

        Except for a few instances of polite applause, the room was quiet during his speech. There was a more hearty ovation toward the end when Obama said the US supports the Turkish government's battle against the PKK, which both nations consider a terrorist group, and again when he said America was not at war with Islam. Lawmakers also applauded when Obama said the United States supports Turkey's bid to join the European Union.

        After meeting later in the day with Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Obama recognised past tensions in the US-Turkey relationship, but said things were on the right track now because both countries share common interests and are diverse nations.

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Muhammad Khurshid, a resident of Bajaur Agency, tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border is journalist by profession. He contributes articles and news stories to various online and print newspapers. His subject matter is terrorism. He is also (more...)
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