For those of you interested in U.S. foreign policy, the President made three recent media appearances in which he discussed his upcoming speech in Cairo, as well as issues related to the Middle East, Europe, and South Asia. Check out:

* Interview on National Public Radio with Michelle Norris and Steve Inskeep, 1 June 2009, in which the President discusses U.S. policy toward Israel, his Cairo speech, Turkey, Iran, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the recent remarks of Vice President Biden.

* Interview on Canal Plus with Laura Haim, 1 June 2009, in which the President touches on the Air France Flight 447 tragedy, his upcoming travels to the Middle East and Europe, and his message to the world’s youth.

* Interview on BBC with Justin Webb, 1 June 2009, which discusses in depth the President’s Cairo speech and general approach to the Middle East, partnership with Europe, and how he relaxes now that he is President.

We hope these transcripts will provide interesting and useful background material for those of you who are planning to tune in to tomorrow’s speech.

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obamaOn June 4, the President will give a speech “A New Beginning:” in Cairo, Egypt, outlining his personal commitment to engagement with the Muslim world, based upon mutual interests and mutual respect, and will discuss how the United States and Muslim communities around the world can bridge some of the differences that have divided them.

The speech will be televised by CNN, BBC, and many local networks.  You can also log on to view the speech and to participate — hundreds of people are already signed up for the live webchat.

Additionally, America.gov has created a special page for those of you who are interested in the speech or in the partnership between the U.S. and countries in the Islamic world.  We hope you’ll have a moment to check it out — and don’t forget to let us know what you think.