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White House: Obama Speech to Engage Muslim Community


White House officials say U.S. President Barack Obama's upcoming speech in Egypt will outline his "personal commitment" to engaging Muslim communities around the world.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs Friday briefed reporters on the president's trip next week to the Middle East and Europe. He said Mr. Obama will deliver a speech June 4 at Cairo University, which will be co-hosted by Al-Azhar University.

Gibbs says the president will focus on bridging some of the differences that have divided the United States and Muslim communities. He says Mr. Obama will also review particular issues of concern, such as violent extremism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

While in Egypt, Mr. Obama also will meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and visit a mosque.

Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Denis McDonough told reporters Friday that Egypt is a long-time strategic ally of the U.S. He called Egypt a key country in the Arab and Muslim world, with a burgeoning younger population.

President Obama will begin his trip with a stop in Saudi Arabia June 3, where he will meet with King Abdullah.

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