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Obama returned to the United States this week after his first visit to Europe since
taking office in January.
his way back, the president made an unannounced stop in Iraq. He met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri
al-Maliki and President Jalal Talabani. He also visited American military troops at
Camp Victory, near Baghdad. President Obama offered his thanks and support to a
group of cheering troops. He said it is
time for the Iraqis to take responsibility for their country. Mister Obama has
said the United States will remove most American fighting forces from Iraq by
the end of two thousand ten.
Mister Obama traveled to Turkey for his first official visit to a mostly Muslim
country. He met with university students and with Turkish President Abdullah
Gul. He also spoke to the Turkish parliament. He promised to rebuild relations
between the United States and the Islamic world.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: "Let me say this
as clearly as I can: The United States is not, and will never be, at war with
Before visiting Iraq and Turkey,
the president was in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. He met with
European Union leaders and spoke to a crowd of about twenty thousand people. He urged other nations to join in an effort to
free the world of nuclear weapons.
PRESIDENT OBAMA:"Today I state
clearly and with conviction America's commitment to seek the peace and security
of a world without nuclear weapons."
He said all nations with nuclear
weapons should be involved.
PRESIDENT OBAMA : "As the only nuclear power to have used a
nuclear weapon, the United States has a moral responsibility to act. We cannot
succeed in this endeavor alone, but we can lead it, we can start it."
The president spoke just hours
after North Korea launched a long-range rocket.
He said the North Korean launch proves the need for nations to cooperate
to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and to remove those that already exist. He
also described the nuclear goal of Iran as a serious international threat.
President Obama attended a meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on
the French-German border. He said he was pleased that the NATO allies supported
his new plans for Afghanistan and Pakistan. NATO agreed to provide more
manpower and money. It will become heavily involved in training the Afghan
military and police. More troops will be sent to help with security leading up
to Afghanistan's national elections in August.
President Nicolas Sarkozy said the NATO allies are pleased to work with the new
American president. He said they trust him, and that he is speaking words they
have been waiting to hear.
Mister Obama's trip may also have increased
his support at home. New public opinion studies show sixty-six percent of
Americans approve of the job President Obama is doing. A CBS News and New York
Times study found thirty-nine percent say the country is moving in the right
direction, up from fifteen percent in January.
And that's IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English, written by
Brianna Blake. Transcripts and archives of
our reports are at voaspecialenglish.com.
I'm Steve Ember.