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CAIR Applauds President’s Outreach to Iran

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/23/09) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today applauded President Obama’s recent efforts to engage Iran in a non-confrontational manner.

CAIR welcomed the president’s recent video address to mark the Iranian New Year’s celebration of Nowruz. In that address, President Obama repeated his inaugural theme of “mutual respect” with the Muslim world. He said:

“My administration is now committed to diplomacy that addresses the full range of issues before us, and to pursuing constructive ties among the United States, Iran and the international community. This process will not be advanced by threats. We seek instead engagement that is honest and grounded in mutual respect.”

SEE: A New Year, A New Beginning (Video)
Transcript: Remarks by President Obama in Celebration of Nowruz
SEE ALSO: Muslims Heartened By Obama Greeting (Detroit News)

In a statement, CAIR Board Chairman State Senator Larry Shaw (NC) said:

“We welcome President Obama’s continuing efforts to reach out to the Muslim world, and particularly to Iran, based on what he has termed ‘mutual interest and mutual respect.’ This approach is much more likely to achieve the desired results of international peace and stability than past policies of confrontation and hostility. The American Muslim community again offers its support for any such positive initiatives that could help build bridges of understanding and decrease the potential for international conflict.”

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties and advocacy group has 35 offices and 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.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail:


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