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(CBS/AP) Speaking in this ancient seat of Islamic learning and culture, President Obama is hoping to usher in a new era in America's often fraught relations with the world's 1.5 billion Muslims.
His strategy: a dose of "truth-telling" to a vast, electronically linked-in global audience.
After spending the night at Saudi King Abdullah's horse farm in the desert outside Riyadh, Obama arrived in Egypt on Thursday to meet with President Hosni Mubarak at Qubba Palace before delivering a long-promised speech to an audience at Cairo University.
Aides said the address would blend hopeful words about mutual understanding with carefully chosen language on Iraq, Afghanistan and the Israeli-Palestinian standoff, plus blunt talk about the need for Muslims to embrace democracy, women's rights and economic opportunity.
His speech, Egypt's Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif told CBS News chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan in an exclusive interview, could not come at a more critical moment.
"Time is working against us," Nazif said. "I think time is of the essence - we need to work fast and this is the message we've been getting from the administration. They're hopeful to see something - see something before the end of this year and I think it's very important that it would happen in the first year of this administration."
What Nazif was talking about, first and foremost, is the creation of a Palestinian state - an end to violence between Israel and the Palestinians - and how much pressure President Obama will be willing to put on Israel's conservative prime minister to achieve that.