WASHINGTON - Continuing his outreach efforts to the Islamic world, President Barack Obama in a message of greetings marking the advent of Ramazan, has reaffirmed his desire to mend relations between the United States and Muslim countries that have suffered historically. These rituals remind us of the principles we hold in common and of Islams role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings, said Obama in a video greeting to Muslims. Obama has made a special effort since taking office to repair US relations with the Muslim world, including visits and speeches in Turkey and Cairo. He also offered a much-noted message of friendship in a Web video to mark Nowruz, the Iranian New Year earlier this year. The president said the United States would continue isolating violent extremists while seeking to empower Muslims in Afghanistan and Pakistan and responsibly ending the war in Iraq. On behalf of the American people - including Muslim communities in all fifty states - I want to extend best wishes to Muslims in America and around the world, he said. Obama cited a host of policy priorities aimed at bringing peace and security in conflict-hit areas. Beyond Americas borders, we are also committed to keeping our responsibility to build a world that is more peaceful and secure, he stated in the videotaped message, released by the White House. He said, That is why we are responsibly ending the war in Iraq. That is why we are isolating violent extremists while empowering the people in places like Afghanistan and Pakistan. That is why we are unyielding in our support for a two-state solution that recognizes the rights of Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace and security. And that is why America will always stand for the universal rights of all people to speak their mind, practice their religion, contribute fully to society and have confidence in the rule of law. Obama said, All of these efforts are a part of Americas commitment to engage Muslims and Muslim-majority nations on the basis of mutual interest and mutual respect. He also reiterated his commitment to a new beginning between America and Muslims around the world. As I said in Cairo, this new beginning must be borne out in a sustained effort to listen to each other, to learn from each other, to respect one another, and to seek common ground. I believe an important part of this is listening. In the last two months, he said, American embassies around the world have reached out not just to governments, but also directly to people in Muslim-majority countries. From around the world, we have received an outpouring of feedback about how America can be a partner on behalf of peoples aspirations, Obama said. We have listened. We have heard you. And like you, we are focused on pursuing concrete actions that will make a difference over time - both in terms of the political and security issues that I have discussed, and in the areas that you have told us will make the most difference in peoples lives. The US president said these consultations are helping us implement the partnerships that I called for in Cairo - to expand education exchange programmes; to foster entrepreneurship and create jobs; and to increase collaboration on science and technology, while supporting literacy and vocational learning. He also referred to efforts being made in partnering with the OIC to eradicate polio and international efforts to confront common health challenges like H1N1 (swine flu). All of these efforts are aimed at advancing our common aspirations to live in peace and security; to get an education and to work with dignity; to love our families, our communities, and our God, he said cautioning that it would take some time and patient effort. We cannot change things over night, but we can honestly resolve to do what must be done, while setting off in a new direction - toward the destination that we seek for ourselves, and for our children. That is the journey that we must travel together. Obama said he was looking forward to continue the critically important dialogue and turning it into action. And today, I want to join with the 1.5 billion Muslims around the world - and your families and friends - in welcoming the beginning of Ramadan, and wishing you a blessed month. May Gods peace be upon you.