As it happened: Obama Middle East speech

Key points

  • US President Barack Obama has delivered a major speech on the Middle East
  • He said the US must use all its resources to encourage reform in the Arab World
  • He said the boundaries of Israel and a Palestinian state should be based on pre-1967 borders with agreed swaps
  • He told Syria's president to lead transition in the country or "get out of the way"
  • He said the US has both an historic opportunity and responsibility to support those seeking freedoms
  • He said the future of the US and the Middle East were bound together by economics, security, history and faith
  • He said the US will continue to insist the Iranian people deserve their universal rights, and a government that does not smother their aspirations
  • He said mass arrests and brute force in Bahrain are at odds with the universal rights of Bahrain's citizens

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