Editor's Note: Arsalan Iftikhar is an international human rights lawyer, founder of TheMuslimGuy.com and contributing editor for Islamica magazine in Washington.
Special to CNN
During his visit to Turkey, President Obama sought to officially reach out to the Islamic world after eight years of tension by declaring in a speech to the Turkish Parliament that he is determined to have a lasting "partnership with the Muslim world."
"Let me say this as clearly as I can: The United States is not - and will never be - at war with Islam," President Obama said toward the conclusion of his remarks delivered in Ankara to Turkish members of Parliament on Monday.
In his true Chicago political style, he even added a little treat for NBA fans in Turkey and Europe: "As a basketball fan, I've even noticed that Hedo Turkoglu and Mehmet Okur have got some pretty good game...."
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