After a brief stopover in Saudi Arabia, US President Barack Obama is due in Egypt today to deliver what has been billed as one of the most important speeches of his tenure in office so far. Obama’s visit is aimed at reviving stalled Middle East peace talks and redefining America’s relationship with the Muslim world.
Of Saudi’s King Abdullah, President Obama said: “I thought it very important to come to the place where Islam began and to seek His Majesty’s counsel and discuss with him many of the issues that we confront here in the Middle East.” White House advisers say the 45-minute speech at Cairo University will touch on the Arab-Israeli conflict, US involvement in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq, as well as efforts to engage with Iran. It is estimated tens of millions of Muslims worldwide will tune in to Obama’s speech and officials have also been careful to play down expectations. After Cairo, the US leader will travel on to Europe for the D-Day commemorations.