President Obama to Visit Divided Turkey

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President Obama's trip to Turkey this weekend is being seen by many as the beginning of attempts to reach out to the Muslim world.

Obama will begin in a Muslim country that has a strong Christian tradition.

Turkey's famous, and very busy, Bosphorus Sea literally divides the city of Istanbul in two.

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On one side lies Europe, on the other is Asia, and when President Obama visits Turkey this weekend, he will find a nation torn between those who want to embrace the West and democracy and those who would prefer to embrace the Middle East and Asia.

But for a few days next week, Turks say they will put aside those divisions to listen to what America's new Commander in Chief has to say.

During his inauguration, Obama pledged to "seek a new way forward" with Muslim countries.

Turkey is overwhelmingly Muslim, but has adopted a Western-style democracy.

Many will be watching and waiting to see if this new administration's policy is really going to be friendlier to the Muslim world.

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