"It made people more fearful of people of other religions or people who look different or dress different," Queen Rania said. "People look at the United States as a leader, in terms of religious tolerance and freedom of worship. Now the people of America need to decide, do they want to continue to play this leadership role to the rest of the world? Because even the Arab world, even the Muslim world, we look up to the United States when it comes to freedoms."
Queen Rania was in New York at the UN General Assembly for discussions on the Millennium Development Goals, a list of eight goals made in 2000 by world leaders to address issues such as maternal health, child mortality, education, gender equality, climate change and poverty.
"There has been some progress made but it's been uneven," Queen Rania said. "I think the food crisis, the economic crisis, the climate crisis -- all those have meant that in many cases we've limped, rather than leaped. So we have to re-double our efforts to make sure that we reach these goals."