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200 mn Indians watched Obama's Cairo speech: White House

The speech of the US President Barack Obama addressed to the Muslim world from Cairo was watched or listened by approximately 200 million people in India, the White House said.

world Updated: Jun 07, 2009 02:55 IST

The speech of the US President Barack Obama addressed to the Muslim world from Cairo was watched or listened by approximately 200 million people in India, the White House said on Saturday.

In his speech, which has been widely welcomed throughout the world, Obama had called for a new beginning, of relationship between the US and the Muslim World.

"In India, home to 150 million Muslims, reaction was swift and effusive," the White House said in a statement which gave a summary of reactions from around the world on Obama's Cairo speech on Thursday.

"It is estimated that more than 200 million Indians witnessed first-hand the speech or coverage of a discussion or event connected to the speech," the White House said.

The US missions in New Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai hosted viewing events, panel discussions, and conducted post-speech interviews with all the major Indian media.

US Public Affairs Officer in New Delhi hand-delivered a copy of the speech to the Sufi Imam, which became a media event, featuring laudatory remarks for the President and a group of Qwaali singers praising God and the "righteous leader President Obama", the White House said.