RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (CNN) - President Barack Obama will speak "candidly" on a number of issues Thursday when he addresses a mostly Muslim audience in Cairo, Egypt, an administration speechwriter said.
Obama, who arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday on the first leg of a visit to Middle Eastern and European nations, will take on some of the
misconceptions held by Americans and Muslims and acknowledge the need for both sides to know each other better, Ben Rhodes said.
The president still is working on the final text of his highly anticipated speech in Cairo, Rhodes added.
Some of the issues to be addressed are: violent extremism, the Pakistani fight against the Taliban and dangers at the Pakistani-Afghan border.
He also will discuss the Israeli-Palestinian plight, with the understanding that this has been a source of tension and passion throughout the
world, the speechwriter said.