CAIRO (AP) - President Barack Obama is calling for "a new
beginning" between the United States and the Muslim world, saying
it's time to focus on the interests they share rather than their
In a long-awaited speech at Cairo University, Obama touched on
his own Muslim roots. He said Muslims have made a great
contribution to the United States, and "whatever we think of the
past, we must not be prisoners of it."
Obama said there must be universal religious freedom, and that
the two cultures "need not be in competition."
He also said the Muslim world must not fear globalization and
things modern in the world, saying that "there need not be
conflict between development and tradition."