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Series of initiatives for Muslim world coming: Obama

world Updated: Jan 27, 2009 16:55 IST

Having dispatched a special envoy to the Middle East, the US President Barack Obama has said that his administration would be making a series of initiatives to reach out to the Muslim world in the coming days.

Addressing the Muslim world directly from the capital of an Islamic country would be the next move. "It is something that is going to be important," Obama said.

"I want people to recognise, though, that we are going to be making a series of initiatives," he said.

"Sending George Mitchell to the Middle East is fulfilling my campaign promise that we're not going to wait until the end of my administration to deal with Palestinian and Israeli peace, we're going to start now. It may take a long time to do, but we're going to do it now," Obama said.

"We're going to follow through on our commitment for me to address the Muslim world from a Muslim capital. We are going to follow through on many of my commitments to do a more effective job of reaching out, listening, as well as speaking to the Muslim world," he said.

The President said he will also be seen following through with dealing with a drawdown of troops in Iraq, so that Iraqis can start taking more responsibility.

"And finally, I think you've already seen a commitment, in terms of closing Guantanamo, and making clear that even as we are decisive in going after terrorist organisations that would kill innocent civilians, that we're going to do so on our terms, and we're going to do so respecting the rule of law that I think makes America great," Obama said.