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Obama seeks clarity in 'Arab Spring' speech - Channel News Asia #egypt

Obama seeks clarity in 'Arab Spring' speech - Channel News Asia #egypt

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama will Thursday seek to sketch a plausible policy response to the sudden, complex and often contradictory demands thrown up by an "Arab Spring" of popular revolt. In a major speech, Obama will seek to quell domestic criticism and uncertainty in the Middle East and North Africa about the exact nature of US policy. Obama sees "an opportunity to sort of step back and assess what we've all witnessed, the historic change we've seen," spokesman Jay Carney said. "He'll talk specifically about ways that we can best support that positive change while focusing on our core principles: nonviolence, support for human rights and support for political and economic reform." Carney said that the speech would make "news" and promised some "specific new ideas" about new US policy towards the region. What Obama will not do, it appears, is use the speech to ...

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