The Council on American-Islamic Relations released an open letter to President Obama and the Muslim world offering specific policy recommendations for the president’s historic address in Cairo, on June 4th. In the open letter, Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) wrote in part: “As you prepare for your historic address to the Muslim world in Cairo on June 4th, I would like to offer an American Muslim perspective on what governments, leaders and individuals can do to improve the prospects for international peace and prosperity… America must champion political and religious freedom, human rights, the growth and stabilization of democratic institutions, and respect for the rule of law for everyone, not just those we favor. For too long, we have claimed to be champions of freedom and democracy, while turning a blind eye to repression, occupation and authoritarian rule… As an American Muslim, I ask leaders, governments and individuals in the Islamic world to make similar changes and to implement similar reforms. The full text of the open letter, including other specific suggested policy initiatives for America and for the Muslim world, is available online at the second link below.
Spain announced last Tuesday that it was ready to help the United States in reaching out to Muslim countries that President Barack Obama announced in his speech to the Turkish parliament. “The United States knows that Spain has the ability, influence, understanding and experience (in the Muslim countries) and, therefore, we’re going to work in that regard,” Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos.
The strengthening of Spanish-Muslim ties was one of the major issues discussed by President Obama and Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero. “I think that the Obama administration’s focus on international relations – supporting multilateralism, dialogue and respect for others and intelligent diplomacy – fully coincides with the Alliance of Civilizations,” said Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos.
Saudi Arabia and Spain have agreed to hold an interfaith dialogue of Muslims, Jews, and Christians to be held next month in Madrid. King Abdullah had called for the dialogue. The event will take place by the Saudi-based World Muslim League on July 16th-18th. The dialogue will include Prominent figures among followers of the divine messages will take part in dialogue concerning life in human societies, international cooperation, human rights, and issues of security, peace and living together in the world.