Obama attributed this new-found respect since he took the reins in 2009 to “the work we did to reengage the world and say we want to work with you as partners with mutual interests and mutual respect.” He added: “It was on that basis we were able to end two wars while still focusing on the very real threat of terrorism and try to work with our partners in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s the reason why we are moving in the direction to normalize relations with Cuba and the nuclear deal that we are trying to negotiate with Iran.”

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