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Published:March 23rd, 2009 19:38 EST
President Obama

CAIR Applauds President's Outreach to Iran

By SOP newswire2

"Be steadfast in your devotion to God, bearing witness to the truth in all equity, and never let the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just: (for) that is closest to piety. . .God has promised forgiveness and a great reward to those who believe and do deeds of righteousness."

The Noble Quran, 5:8-9

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today applauded President Obama`s recent efforts to engage Iran in a non-confrontational manner.

CAIR welcomed the president`s recent video address to mark the Iranian New Year`s celebration of Nowruz. In that address, President Obama repeated his inaugural theme of mutual respect " with the Muslim world. He said:

My administration is now committed to diplomacy that addresses the full range of issues before us, and to pursuing constructive ties among the United States, Iran and the international community. This process will not be advanced by threats. We seek instead engagement that is honest and grounded in mutual respect. "