Obama names special envoy to global Islamic group

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February 14, 2010 03:07

 
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WASHINGTON (AP) — US President Barack Obama on Saturday named a White House lawyer as his special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, part of his continuing effort to repair strained US relations with the world's Muslims.

Obama announced Rashad Hussain's appointment during a video address to the 7th US-Islamic World Forum meeting in Doha, Qatar.

As his liaison to the OIC, the president said Hussain will continue working to repair US-Islamic relations and develop the types of partnerships Obama had called for when he'd addressed the Muslim world during a speech last year in Cairo.

In the video address, Obama said he called in Cairo for the U.S. and Muslims to start anew "based on mutual interest and mutual respect" because the relationship had "slipped into a cycle of misunderstanding and mistrust that can lead to conflict rather than cooperation."

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