UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday commended U.S. President Barack Obama for the speech he delivered at Cairo University in Egypt.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the speech outlined Mr. Obama’s vision for reconciliation and cooperation between the Muslim world and the West.
In a statement issued at the UN headquarters in New York,
Mr. Ban said: “President Obama’s message will herald the opening of a new chapter in relations between the U.S. and the Islamic World.”
“I am strongly encouraged by the speech and also strongly welcome its message of peace, understanding and reconciliation,” the statement quoted Mr. Ban as saying.
“The secretary-general believes that President Obama’s speech is a crucial step in bridging divides and promoting intercultural understanding, which is a major objective of the UN,” it said.
“His message reaffirms our shared commitment to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours, as enshrined in the Preamble of the UN Charter.
“I hope that this will have a positive impact on the peace process in the Middle East and the resolution of a number of conflicts in the Middle East and beyond,” the statement further quoted Mr. Ban as saying.
NAN reports that quoting from the Qur’an, Mr. Obama, in his speech, called for a “new beginning between the U.S. and Muslims,” saying “together, we could confront violent extremism across the globe and advance the timeless search for peace in the Middle East.”