(WASHINGTON, D.C. 07/20/05) – Two State Department officials spoke today at a seminar hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Washington, D.C. The seminar, titled “U.S. Outreach to the Muslim World,” took place at CAIR’s Capitol Hill headquarters. David Abramson, from the State Department Office of International Religious Freedom, and David Staples of the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs spoke to CAIR interns, staff and members of the community. Abramson discussed the history and objectives of the Office of International Religious Freedom, focusing on the annual report on religious freedom that characterizes the status of religious tolerance around the world. Staples discussed the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and its promotion of international security, economic participation and democratic reform. A short question and answer session followed the seminar.