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US for reform in Middle East


CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

US for reform in Middle East

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Washington (CNN) — The United States will support efforts for reform across the Middle East and North Africa, including “transitions toward democracy,” President Barack Obama said today.
In a speech at the U.S. State Department laying out his policies toward the region, the president said he is marking “a new chapter in American diplomacy.”
He pointed to recent popular uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, and elsewhere. “The events of the past six months show us that strategies of oppression and strategies of diversion will not work anymore,” Obama said.
People in parts of the region “have seized control of their own destiny,” he said.
The “shouts of human dignity are being heard,” Obama said.
But the president emphasized that the changes under way will take time. “It will be years before this story reaches its end,” he said.
Obama said there is a “deepening spiral of division between the United States and the Arab world” that needs to be reversed.

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