President-Elect Barack Obama will try to ‘reboot’ America’s image in the Muslim world with a ‘major address’ in an Islamic capital.
Mr Obama said that he will travel to a Muslim country soon after he is sworn into office at his inauguration on Jan 20 using his full name Barack Hussein Obama.
“I think we’ve got a unique opportunity to reboot America’s image around the world and also in the Muslim world in particular,” he told the Chicago Tribune.
Mr Obama promised he had an “unrelenting” desire to “create a relationship of mutual respect and partnership in countries and with peoples of good will who want their citizens and ours to prosper together.”
The world “is ready for that message”, he added.
While he described a fresh approach to diplomacy, Mr Obama said his administration would not shrink from the struggle against terrorism, referring to the recent attacks on India’s financial capital Mumbai.
“The message I want to send is that we will be unyielding in stamping out the terrorist extremism we saw in Mumbai,” said Mr Obama, who gave the interview from his transition team’s offices in Chicago.
The Tribune reported that Mr Obama “plans to give a major address in an Islamic capital as part of his global outreach” but did not quote him directly.
During the presidential campaign, some of Mr Obama’s political opponents would refer to his middle name in an attempt to portray him as a secret Muslim.
But the Christian President-elect said he would follow tradition for the inauguration ceremony.
“I think the tradition is that they use all three names, and I will follow the tradition,” Mr Obama said. “I’m not trying to make a statement one way or another. I’ll do what everybody else does.”