Obama: Mideast Countries Must ‘Lift Up Their Citizens’

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -
U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd R) concludes a meeting with Saudi Arabia's King Salman (3rd L) at the G20 summit at the Regnum Carya Resort in Antalya, Turkey, November 15, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (Newscom TagID: rtrlseven455613.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]
President Barack Obama (2nd R) concludes a meeting with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman (3rd L) at the G20 summit at the Regnum Carya Resort in Antalya, Turkey, Nov. 15, 2015. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

President Barack Obama says governments across the Middle East that make a “commitment to justice and human rights” will continue to have a friend in America.

Obama also noted the ongoing strife shaking the Mideast in the years following the 2011 Arab Spring.

Obama said: “As we’ve seen in the tumult across the Middle East and North Africa, when governments do not lift up their citizens, it’s a recipe for instability and strife.”

Obama made the comments in a video address shown Monday at the World Government Summit in Dubai. World leaders are gathered in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates for several days of talks about the future of governance.