OIC calls on Obama to continue engagement with Muslim world

November 10, 2012 12:23 am 

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 9 – The Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, congratulated President Barack Obama on his re-election and called on him to continue his engagement with the Muslim world, which he initiated at the beginning of his first term.

In a congratulatory letter to Obama on his re-election for a second term, Ihsanoglu appreciated the President's bold initiative during his first term of engaging with the outside world, in particular, with the Muslim world.

In June 2009, Obama delivered a speech at the Cairo University which aroused great hopes and expectations of an evenhanded policy in addressing issues in the Middle East and in combating the forces of intolerance and prejudice that seek to create divisions.

In a statement issued by the OIC on Thursday, Ihsanoglu expressed hope that the enthusiasm generated from the speech would find greater resonance in Obama's second term.

The Secretary-General also said that he was happy that the OIC was able to build a relationship with the US based on trust, confidence and cooperation, and looked forward to strengthening the relationship.

He assured Obama of the OIC's commitment in working closely with the President and his government to bring peace, progress and harmony to the people.

Obama won a second term in the White House Tuesday, defeating the Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

He secured more than the 270 electoral votes required to win the elections. (PNA/bernama)

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