President Obama has given his first major speech on relations between the United States and the Muslim world.
Birmingham Councillor and Respect party leader Salma Yaqoob gave her response:
“President Obama’s call for a ‘new beginning’ in relations between the United States and the Muslim world is very welcome.
“The absence in his speech of any bellicose threats to Iran stands in stark contrast to his predecessor, George W Bush, as do his comments about the ‘intolerable’ situation facing the Palestinians.
“The sooner there is progress to redress the injustice of the Palestinians and end the occupation of Afghanistan, the quicker a new chapter can be written.”