WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has not made a public overture to Muslims in America, but the White House officials said they have quietly reached out to them, according to a media report. Advocates for Muslim and Arab-Americans participated in policy discussions and were briefed by the White House aides and others in the administration on issues such as healthcare, foreign policy, economy, immigration and national security, The New York Times reported Monday. White House officials said several recent government actions were partially influenced by the discussions. A meeting with Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano was among factors that led to the govts decision to end a policy subjecting passengers from 14 countries, most of them Muslim, to greater scrutiny at airports. The directive, enacted after a failed December 25 bombing plot aboard a Detroit-bound airliner, was replaced with a new set of intelligence-based protocols. Arab-American and Muslim leaders said that while they have not seen substantive changes on a variety of issues they are encouraged by the breadth of consultations between them and the White House and governmental agencies. For the first time in eight years, we have the opportunity to meet, engage, discuss, disagree, but have an impact on policy, James Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute in Washington, was quoted as saying. Were being made to feel a part of that process and that there is somebody listening. Critics of the overtures said the government is reaching out to Muslim leaders and organisations with an agenda or ties to extremist groups abroad, the Times reported. I think dialogue is good, but it has to be with genuine moderates, said Steven Emerson, a terrorism analyst who advises govt officials. These are the wrong groups to legitimise.