Hughes Appeals for Malaysia to Help Bridge U.S., Islamic World

October 23, 2005

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: Reuters

On October 23, 2005 Reuters reported, "U.S. goodwill envoy Karen Hughes appealed on Sunday for Malaysia, an Asian melting pot of religions, to use its influence in the Islamic world to help bridge a gulf of misunderstanding about U.S. policies abroad. 'I do think that Malaysia can be a very important part of our outreach, the civilised world's outreach, in confronting terror,' Hughes said in Kuala Lumpur, her last stop on an Asian tour that also took in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation. 'I think Malaysia is uniquely placed to help with that,' she told reporters after opening a collection of books on U.S. history and culture at the city's main public library. She described mainly Muslim Malaysia as an example to the rest of the world -- 'like Iraq for example' -- of how different cultures and religions can live together in tolerance."