—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
JAMAICA, New York (October 9, 2009) – The Islamic Circle of North America congratulates President Barack Obama on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. After serving only nine months in office, the president was chosen to receive the award in recognition of “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
Dr. Zahid Bukhari, President of ICNA, said in a statement, “We congratulate President Obama and hope that [he] will be able to achieve peace and statehood for Palestinians, freedom for Kashmir, [work towards] bringing our troops back and ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
ICNA recognizes President Obama for his commitment to peace and his determination to uniting millions for a better future for all citizens of the world. The president stands as a symbol of both hope and action, reaching out to the world, opening lines of communication with Muslim World and restoring faith in America as a leader for all people.
While we applaud his triumphs in the struggle for peace, ICNA urges the president to move forward and fulfill the goals through for diplomacy and understanding. The past nine months have been a testament to the power of aspiration and unity, and ICNA stands firmly beside the president as we continue on the road towards global harmony.
The Islamic Circle of North America is a leading American Muslim organization dedicated to the betterment of society through the application of Islamic values. Since 1968, ICNA has worked to build relations between communities by devoting itself to education, outreach, social services and relief efforts.
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