Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Obama Visits Middle East

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA--President Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia this morning to begin discussions with the Muslim country's King Abdullah. The two leaders will discuss hot-button issues, including Saudi Arabia's concerns about Iran's nuclear program and the evergreen topic of attaining Arab-Israeli peace.

Obama will continue his trip with a visit to Egypt, where he will deliver a speech Thursday in hopes of reconciling U.S.-Muslim relations.

In an audio message, Ayman al-Zawahri, Al-Qaida's deputy leader, criticizes the American President's upcoming speech. He claims it will not change what he calls the "bloody messages" sent to Muslims by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Al-Zawahri also condemns Egyptian officials for welcoming Obama, calling them U.S. "slaves," and encourages Egyptian rejection to the President's speech.
President Obama will finish his trip abroad with visits to Germany and France.

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