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President Barack Obama will address the Muslim Word from Egypt on June 4, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said today. The nation “in many ways represents the heart of the Arab world, and I think it will be a terrific opportunity for the president to address and discuss our relationship with the Muslim world,” Gibbs told reporters. Obama pledged to address the Muslim world during the campaign, and has made several efforts to reach out to the world’s Muslim community since taking office. “To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect,” Obama said in his inaugural address. Obama also gave an interview with the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya Network in late January. “I have Muslim members of my family. I have lived in Muslim countries,” Obama said. “My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy.” Obama is expected to make the stop during a foreign trip that includes a visit to France to commemorate the anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy.
Mr. Obama recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, reciting them with a first-rate accent. In a remark that seemed delightfully uncalculated (it’ll give Alabama voters heart attacks), Mr. Obama described the call to prayer as “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.”