Arabs and Muslims are praising U.S. President Barack Obama's
pledge to rebuild relations between the United States and the Islamic world.
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi says Mr. Obama is a flicker of hope in the middle
of what Mr. Gadhafi called an "imperialist" environment.
Egypt's Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit says President Obama's remarks are
an "important first step" toward easing tensions that have existed in
recent years between Muslim nations and the West.
Mr. Obama promised (during a stop this week in Turkey) a new chapter in
U.S. engagement with Muslims and the rest of the world, and he declared that
the U.S. will never be at war with Islam.