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The president's special envoy to the Middle East was in Egypt today the first leg of an ambitious Middle East War.
Former senator George Mitchell is breaking the diplomatic ice for the new American leader and it appears the message being sent by President Obama.
May be different than the one of his predecessor when it comes to promoting democracy.
Correspondent James Rosen explains.
Meeting with -- Egypt's foreign minister and intelligence chief mideast envoy George Mitchell focused on getting Cairo to work harder to cut off the flow of weapons to Hamas in Gaza.
The State Department spokesman refused to admit the obvious.
Namely that Hamas -- so strong in large part because Egypt was four years unwilling or unable to choke off the supply tunnels along its border with -- -- -- for me to stand here and and you know.
Make a judgment on me problems within the Egyptian effort has been here haven't you know -- -- not enough.
-- let's just say that those tunnels.
Have been a problem.
The Obama administration's early partnership with Egypt and autocratic monarchy with -- one -- elections and few freedoms of speech and press -- resolution of the Israeli Palestinian conflict may help -- the promotion of democracy on the new president's foreign policy agenda.
The reversal of the Bush Administration priorities that would be welcome news to Muslim -- My job to the Muslim world is to communicate.
That Americans are not your enemy.
In his first televised interview since taking office President Obama on Monday reminded the largely Arab audience of -- via the Dubai based -- -- -- -- TV network that he himself had Muslim relatives and had lived in Muslim countries but in seventeen minutes of dialogue the leader of the free world never once uttered the word democracy.
The same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as twenty or thirty years ago.
There's no reason why we can't restore that.
In her first session with reporters held off camera secretary of state Clinton said the president's early foreign policy direction.
Has prompted of great -- -- of breath around the world.
-- spokesman flatly denied democracy promotion is taking a backseat to any specific policy initiative.
But hinted the emphasis in the mideast may well shift.
Clearly we have an interest in seeing democracy being promoted throughout the world.
They're not just the Middle East but in terms of strategy and policy sales are still to be developed.
From Cairo senator Mitchell will head to Israel where polls show the conservative Likud Party.
Which has historically championed a tougher line on the conditions for Palestinian statehood widening its lead in nationwide elections scheduled for February 10.
In Washington -- Rosen Fox News the cease fire.
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