Iraq’s senior cleric Moqtada al-Sadr says Barack Obama’s speech indicates that the US wants to take a different avenue to bring the world under its control.
“The honeyed political speech expressed only one aim — America wants to take a different avenue to bring the world under its control” compared to the former US president George W. Bush’s strategies, Sadr said in a statement released to journalists in the holy city of Najaf on Thursday.
“Obama cannot change the American policies… which were and are still hostile to Islam, and that will continue,” he added.
The Iraqi cleric further pointed out that he would trust the US president “only after their (the US) withdrawal from our beloved Iraq and Muslim Afghanistan and their withdrawal of support for the Israeli enemy, and I hope for this from him.”
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“Let him know that the resistance and the opposition will continue. We don’t believe his words,” he noted.
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The US president pledged to forge a “new beginning” for Islam and America in his speech in Cairo, vowing to purge years of “suspicion and discord.”
The American leader vowed to end mistrust, forge a state for Palestinians and defuse a nuclear showdown with the Islamic Republic.
Meanwhile, Lebanon’s Hezbollah said on Thursday that US President Barack Obama’s Cairo speech had signaled no real shift in US policy in the Arab world.