U.S. President Barack Obama leaves Washington Tuesday on a
five-day trip -- where he will reach out to the Muslim world, commemorate the
65th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in Europe and meet with key allies in
Saudi Arabia, Germany and France.
The president leaves the White House Tuesday evening (6:45pm/ 2245 UTC) for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He meets Wednesday in the Saudi capital with King Abdullah.
The president then travels to Cairo, where on Thursday he will visit Cairo University and deliver a much-anticipated speech to the global Muslim community. The White House says Mr. Obama will emphasize his personal commitment to improving U.S. relations with Muslims around the globe.
He is also expected to talk about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and address the issue of religious extremism and violence in the Muslim world.