October 9, 2009
CHICAGO – A leader of a Chicago Muslim advocacy group says she’s pleased President Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize. But she’s waiting for follow-through on pledges for Middle East peace and ending wars
Christina Abraham is a director at the Chicago branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. She says Obama was awarded the prize based on promise and not for his achievements so far.
In announcing the award Friday morning, the Norwegian Nobel Committee praised the change in global mood brought on by Obama’s calls for peace and his initiatives to ease tensions with the Muslim world.
The Muslim group’s officials say the Nobel award shows there’s been a noticeable shift in U.S. diplomacy and efforts to reach out to Muslims, but more work needs to be done.
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