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Morsi Urges U.S. To Change Policy Toward Arabs

Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi
Egypt's President Muhammad Morsi has called on the United States to change its approach to the Arab world to be able to repair relations and revitalize an alliance with his country.

Morsi, who is to travel to New York on September 23 to attend a meeting of the UN General Assembly, told “The New York Times” in an interview: "Successive American administrations essentially purchased with American taxpayer money the dislike, if not the hatred, of the peoples of the region."

The newspaper said he was referring to U.S. backing of dictatorial governments and Washington's unconditional support for Israel.

Morsi praised President Barack Obama for moving "decisively and quickly" to support the Arab Spring revolutions, but he also expressed concern about the plight of Palestinians, who still don't have their own state.

Based on reporting by "The New York Times" and AFP