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Obama praises 'universal' values

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President Obama will visit the Middle East later this week, in a tour which White House officials say will redefine America's relations with the region.

He told the BBC's North America editor, Justin Webb, that the values he hoped to encourage were "not just western principles to be hoisted on these countries".

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