U.S. Muslim Coalition Applauds President's Address In Turkey

April 6, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Earth Times/PRNewswire-USNewswire


The American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT), a coalition of major national Islamic organizations, today applauded President Obama's Monday address to the Turkish parliament.

A statement issued today at a press briefing at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., read in part:

"We applaud President Obama's remarks and hope that they are a sign of improved relations between America and the Muslim world. In his speech, President Obama rightly said that the United States 'is not and will never be at war with Islam.' This is a position that needs restating at every opportunity.

"We also agree with the president's statement that better relations with the Muslim world are vital in 'rolling back a fringe ideology that people of all faiths reject.'

"We appreciate that the president noted the contributions of American Muslims and recognized that many Americans 'have Muslims in their family, or have lived in a Muslim-majority country.'

"Turkey is a key player in the region and is well-placed to assist the United States in reaching out to nations such as Iran and Syria and to help achieve a just and comprehensive resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. We also support President Obama's backing of Turkey's entry into the European Union.

"The American Muslim community believes President Obama's new policy of dialogue and mutual respect will serve our nation and the cause of world peace and stability much better than past policies of unilateralism and confrontation."