CA MUSLIMS WELCOME SPEAKER PELOSI’S VISIT TO MIDEAST
(SANTA CLARA, CA, 4/5/07) – The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) today commended House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the spirit of dialogue and mutual respect she exhibited during her visit to the Middle East.
In a statement, CAIR-SFBA said:
“We applaud Speaker Pelosi’s initiative to use constructive dialogue as a tool for resolving conflicts. America’s stature in the Islamic world has been harmed by the Bush administration’s emphasis on the use of military force, or the threat of force, rather than dialogue and diplomacy. Speaker Pelosi’s visit to the Middle East is a vital step forward in both improving our nation’s international image and building better relations with important nations in that volatile region.
“In particular, Speaker Pelosi’s visit to the Umayyad mosque in Damascus will contribute greatly to promoting mutual understanding between the West and the Muslim world. It is through mutual understanding that religious divisions and extremism can be challenged and reduced.
“We urge President Bush to implement the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group by working with Congress and Speaker Pelosi to formulate a new strategy that focuses on diplomacy and dialogue, not military force and belligerent rhetoric.”
CAIR-SFBA also commended other Democratic and Republican members of Congress who are making similar visits to the region.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CONTACT: CAIR-SFBA Communications Coordinator Abiya Ahmed, 408-986-9874, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org