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Friday, July 23, 2004

IHT: Other Views: Malaysia voices Muslim concerns

IHT: Other Views: Malaysia voices Muslim concerns

Other Views: Malaysia voices Muslim concerns
New Straits Times New Straits Times Friday, July 23, 2004
KUALA LUMPUR Meeting with President George W. Bush at the White House, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi voiced his views not only as prime minister of Malaysia but also as chairman of the Organization of the Islamic Conference and head of the non-aligned movement. It was with some heft that he conveyed his desire to move the debate forward and rebuild confidence between the Islamic world and the West in the aftermath of the war on terror and the invasion of Iraq. The prime minister has reiterated the need for multilateralism and a greater role for the United Nations, as well as the necessity for the United States to address the root causes of terrorism and the grievances of the Muslim world. Unless Bush modifies his approach, widespread suspicion of U.S. intentions will remain, and attempts to check the growing hostility towards American policies will be to no avail.

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