OBAMA'S REMARKS: A call for a lasting partnership with Turkey

In his first visit to a Muslim nation, President Obama called Turkey a "true partner" and said that the U.S. is committed to a long term partnership with the Muslim world.

Obama's remarks came in a wide ranging speech to the Turkish Parliament. Obama touched upon several topics in the address but focused on the United States' relationship with the Muslim world.

"Let me say this as clearly as I can: the United States is not at war with Islam," Obama said, according to prepared remarks. "In fact, our partnership with the Muslim world is critical in rolling back a fringe ideology that people of all faiths reject."

"We seek broad engagement based upon mutual interests and mutual respect," Obama also said. "We will listen carefully, bridge misunderstanding, and seek common ground. We will be respectful, even when we do not agree. And we will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over so many centuries to shape the world for the better
Remarks of President Barack Obama - As Prepared for Delivery
Address to Turkish Parliament
Ankara, Turkey
April 6, 2009

Mr. Speaker, Madam Deputy Speaker, distinguished members, I am honored to speak in this chamber, and I am committed to renewing the alliance between our nations and the friendship between our people.

This is my first trip overseas as President of the United States. I have been to the G-20 Summit in London, the NATO Summit in Strasbourg and Kehl, and the European Union Summit in Prague. Some people have asked me if I chose to continue my travels to Ankara and Istanbul to send a message. My answer is simple: Evet. Turkey is a critical ally. Turkey is an important part of Europe. And Turkey and the United States must stand together