ISTANBUL- U.S. President Barack Obama sought a "new beginning" between the United States and Muslims in a historic speech on Thursday, and urged for compromise between Israel and Palestine in a two-state solution.
Below are reactions to his speech delivered from Cairo University in Egypt:
ABDULLAH GUL - TURKISH PRESIDENT "I find his position on regional peace very appropriate ... With the messages and assurances he gave today, the "His speech was sincere, honest and realistic ... The fact that President Obama sincerely shares and personally expresses the feelings and thoughts of many citizens in Muslim countries is extremely promising." NABIL ABU RDAINAH - SPOKESMAN FOR PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT
"His call for stopping settlement and for the establishment of a Palestinian state, and his reference to the suffering of Palestinians ... is a clear message to Israel that a just peace is built on the foundations of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital."
"I find his position on regional peace very appropriate ... With the messages and assurances he gave today, the
"His speech was sincere, honest and realistic ... The fact that President Obama sincerely shares and personally expresses the feelings and thoughts of many citizens in Muslim countries is extremely promising."
NABIL ABU RDAINAH - SPOKESMAN FOR PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT
"President Obama's speech is a good start and an important step towards a new American policy."
FAWZI BARHUM – HAMAS SPOKESMAN
"It had many contradictions, all the while reflecting tangible change.”
ALI AL-DABBAGH - IRAQI GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN
"The speech was historic and important and reflects a positive direction for the new administration (in
"The use of Koranic sayings plays a big part in a positive change of picture, but there is a necessity for action."
"The government of
"I think there is clear support of a right for a Palestinian state, and their right for a life, but Arabs are waiting for pressure to be exerted on
MOHAMED HABIB - MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD DEPUTY LEADER
"It's a public relations address more than anything else."
"There's an unjust perspective on the part of the American president towards the Palestinian issue, one that does not differ from former President Bush's and the neoconservatives' perspective."
ERIC GOLDSTEIN - HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
"I think on human rights there were many things that were commendable. He was specific about settlements. He was specific about the humanitarian crisis in
"I don't expect that he would single out
HAZIM AL-NUAIMI - ANALYST AT
"He gave nothing new to Iraqis. He gave one promise, to respect the rights of minorities and work with consensus. In all he says, he tries to remove himself from all that happened in
ODED ERAN – INSTITUDE FOR NATIONAL SECURITY STUDIES, DIRECTOR,
"I agree with most of the points Obama made in reference to Israeli-Palestine issue, such as his emphasis on dialogue, his emphasis that both sides should respect each other and his statement that roadmap should be the basis."
IAN O. LESSER – GERMAN MARSHALL FUND OF THE UNITED STATES, SENIOR TRANSATLATIC
"The new Obama administration changed public opinion about the
STEFANIE BABST – DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY