U.S. President Barack Obama, who has pledged to rebuild U.S. relations with the Muslim world, will give a key speech on the issue in Egypt on June 4, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said on Friday.
Obama reached out to Arabs and Muslims in a speech in the Turkish capital Ankara in April, his first visit as president to a predominantly Islamic nation.
In that speech, he said the United States is not and never will be at war with Islam, and also spoke of the Arab-Israeli peace process, saying he will actively pursue the goal of creating a Palestinian state alongside Israel.
Asked why Egypt was chosen for the June 4 speech, Gibbs said: 'It is a country that in may ways represents the heart of the Arab world."
Obama will make the speech a day before visiting the German city of Dresden and the Buchenwald concentration camp, Gibbs said.
Interesting. Is he trying to tilt both lebanon (june 7th) and iranian (june 12th) elections in our favour? sneaky obama!