Barack Obama on the reforms in the Middle East and North Africa

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Speaking today at the State Department in Washington, President Barack Obama said that the revolutions in the Arab countries of the Middle East and North Africa show "thirst for freedom", which accumulated a lot of years, and also show that repression is no longer working.

"Six months, we have seen tremendous changes taking place in the Middle East and North Africa. The area behind the square, town by town, country by country, the people rises to demand basic human rights. Two executives have resigned. They can go after the other "- said the president of the United States.

It was the second keynote speech Obama about the situation in the Middle East. In 2009, in Cairo, he spoke of the need for democracy in the region and called for a struggle against extremism "in all its manifestations." Since then, the situation in the region has changed dramatically: as a result of popular uprisings lost power heads Tunisia and Egypt, other countries continue to protest peacefully, whose members are demanding change.

Obama said the United States supports political and economic change in the Middle East and North Africa:

"We must use all our influence to support reforms in the region. Our message is simple: if you take the risk of reform, you will receive the full support of the United States. "

The U.S. administration said Obama plans to support countries in the Middle East region in such areas as economic management, economic stability, economic modernization, and trade integration and investment.

Among the forms of economic assistance to the president called the support of universities, research centers and institutions of civil society mobilization of international financial institutions to support the reforms undertaken by countries in the region, write-offs and restructuring of public debt.

The United States, Obama said, is not believe that peace can be imposed by force. On He said, negotiations for peace in the Middle East, "should lead to two states, with permanent Palestinian borders with Israel, Jordan and Egypt, and permanent Israeli borders with Palestine. The borders between Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 borders with mutually agreed swaps, so that for both countries were established secure and recognized borders. The Palestinian people have the right to self-government, to reach their full potential in a sovereign and integral state. "

Meanwhile Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyagu rejected one of the key issues in today's speech by the President of the United States in the Middle East and North Africa, saying that a return to 1967 borders he wasabout would be a disaster for the State of Israel.

Netanyagu said that the 1967 borders would make Israel "defenseless."

On Friday Netanyagu has to visit the White House.

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