Representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and several other Muslim and Arab-American groups met today with Secretary of State Colin Powell to discuss issues related to American foreign policy.
The discussion focused on topics such as the Middle East peace process, the
war in Iraq, efforts to promote democratization and reform, America’s image
in the Muslim world, and the role American Muslims can play in helping to
formulate polices that will improve that image.
“We appreciate Secretary Powell’s willingness to hear what American Muslims
have to say about foreign policy issues and to learn more about how we can
serve as a bridge of understanding to the Islamic world,” said CAIR
Executive Director Nihad Awad, who participated in the meeting. “America’s
international image can only benefit from public dialogue with American
Muslims and from the implementation of domestic policies that protect civil
Muslim groups represented at the meeting included the Center for the Study
of Islam & Democracy (CSID), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).
Along with Secretary Powell, Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Richard
Boucher and Assistant Secretary William Burns also took part in the meeting.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 28 regional offices and chapters nationwide and