Obama: I'll forge new ties with Muslims

US president calls Saudi, Indonesian, Philippine leaders to discuss economy, security, education.

By
March 13, 2009 23:53
1 minute read.
Obama: I'll forge new ties with Muslims

Barack Obama 248.88. (photo credit: AP)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

In phone conversations with the leaders of Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and the Philippines on Friday, US President Barack Obama discussed his commitment to forging a new relationship with Islamic countries, among other issues. The White House said Obama discussed the importance of improving US relations with Islamic countries with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Obama noted that he and Yudhoyono would attend the Group of 20 nations summit next month in London. At the end of his European trip next month, Obama is scheduled to visit Turkey, a Muslim country where relations with the US were strained by the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Obama and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, another G-20 country and longtime US ally in the Middle East, agreed on the importance of maintaining a strong US-Saudi relationship to promote peace and security in the region. The White House said they also spoke about coordinating international efforts to restore economic growth. In his conversation with Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Obama commended her country's efforts against terrorism and in modernizing the armed forces. They also talked about cooperating on other issues, including climate change and education, the White House said. Obama and Arroyo also reaffirmed their commitment to the long-standing US-Philippine alliance, including the Visiting Forces Agreement, a bilateral pact that governs the conduct of US forces in the country.

Related Content

July 23, 2018
Gunman dead after shooting 14, killing one, in Toronto

By REUTERS