US pres. says core US principles should permeate Mideast

US President Barak Obama said that "the US opposes use of violence and oppression against people of the [Middle East]."
Speaking from the State department, Obama said that core US principles should accompany the revolutionary changes taking place across the region, including in Tehran. The US president said that "freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, freedom of religion, equality of men and women, and the right to choose leaders" should be values present throughout Middle Eastern countries.
He added that "[the US] supports political and economic reform that can meet legitimate aspiriations of people around the region."