During June: Obama to deliver speech to Muslims from Egypt
U.S. President Barack Obama will deliver a speech to the Muslim world in Egypt during June. According to Reuters, the American leader's speech in Egypt fulfills a promise he made during his presidential campaign to deliver a key address to Muslims from an Islamic capital during the first few months in office.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters on Friday the speech would be delivered in Egypt on June 4. "It is a country that in many ways represents the heart of the Arab world," Gibbs was quoted as saying.
"The scope of the speech, the desire for the president to speak (to MuslimS), is bigger than where the speech was going to be given or who's the leadership of the country where the speech is going to be given," he said.
On his part, Egyptian envoy to Washington, Sameh Shoukry, noted his country offered Obama a good venue because of its large population, intellectual traditions and "values of moderate Islam."