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Obama's first to visit Egypt on June 4

world Updated: Jun 01, 2009 18:35 IST
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US President Barack Obama on his maiden visit to Egypt will make a major policy speech to assure Arabs that there is no contradiction between American values and the Islamic world, a top diplomat said.

US Ambassador to Egypt, Margaret Scobey said that Obama's speech on June 4 in Cairo aims to improve America's relations with the Islamic world.

Since he came to office, Obama has clarified that the US wants to establish good relations with the Islamic world based on respect and mutual interest, she said.

The US appreciates relations with Egypt and is seeking to bolster them on the political, economic and security levels, she added. Washington is also looking forward to President Husni Mubarak's visit to the US, Scobey said.

The US ambassador pointed out that President Mubarak was the first leader Obama had contacted in the region after taking office.

Asked about attendance of human rights activists during Obama's speech, Scobey said that the US wants to see the participation of all segments of the Egyptian society. US support for these groups does not mean a desire to change governments, she added.

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