Obama picks Egypt for speech

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama chose Egypt to deliver a major address to the world’s Muslims.

Obama said after his election in November that he planned to make such a speech to show Muslims that the United States was extending its hand in friendship after years of tension in the wake of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The White House announced Friday that Egypt would be the venue, but did not name the city.

Obama’s June 4 address, which will come during an overseas tour to include a tour of the Buchenwald concentration camp, comes as his administration plans to involve Egypt and Jordan in a major effort to press Israeli-Palestinian peace.
 

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