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March 12, 2012 2:32 pm

Ambassador Says Obama is Focused on Improving Relations With Muslims

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Ambassador Alan Solomont touted Obama administration's efforts to improve relationship with Muslims worldwide.

U.S. Ambassador Alan Solomont recently apologized to Muslim immigrants for America’s foreign policy actions in the Middle East at a gathering in Barcelona, Spain, saying the U.S. is not an “enemy of Islam.”

“There are things that the United States has done badly, but now the Obama government wants to improve relations with Muslims,” Solomont said.

Solomont’s remarks are indicative of President Obama’s broader foreign policy strategy of outreach to the world’s Muslim population, allegedly intended to empower Muslims and give them alternatives to jihad and terrorism.

The Obama administration has been criticized for a seeming desire to apologize for every real or perceived slight against Islam. The administration has also been accused of an effort to connect with individuals who have connections to radical Islamist groups. According to the Stonegate Institute, the U.S. recently sponsored a speech by Imam Hussein Halawa of the Islamic Cultural Center of Ireland, despite Halawa’s connection to the radical Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

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