Secretary Clinton Meets With Iraqi Foreign Minister Zebari

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
July 13, 2010

On July 13, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari. After their meeting, Secretary Clinton said,

"I'm delighted to be welcoming back to the State Department a colleague and a friend, someone who has served his country with great distinction. And I am very pleased to have this opportunity with Foreign Minister Zebari here to reaffirm the importance and strength of the long-term strategic relationship between the United States and Iraq."

Secretary Clinton and Foreign Minister Zebari discussed the Diplomatic Joint Coordinating Committee of the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement. Foreign Minister Zebari co-hosts the committee with Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman. Together, they are working on a range of common concerns, including Iraq's removal from UN Chapter 7 sanctions.

Secretary Clinton said, "We also discussed the critical need for Iraq's political leaders to continue the hard work necessary to form a proportionate and inclusive government that represents the voices of Iraq's diverse communities and can deliver on the promise of democracy. More is needed from everyone involved. The United States expresses no preference for the outcome in the government formation, but we share a sense of urgency. The people of Iraq deserve to have a government that is ready to meet their needs, and we hope that that occurs soon."

The Secretary continued, "We are committed to this relationship, and after August 31st, 50,000 U.S. troops will remain in Iraq to train, equip, and advise Iraqi security forces, conduct joint counterterrorism missions, and protect ongoing U.S. and civilian military activities.

"We are working every day to create a very strong foundation for a long-lasting relationship between the United States and Iraq, and the reduction in troops in no way reflects a decrease in American engagement with Iraq or our commitment to the Iraqi people. Guided by the Strategic Framework Agreement, the United States will continue to be an active partner and supporter as Iraqis strengthen their democracy, improve their security, and reintegrate fully into the regional and global community and economy.

"We believe a sustained U.S. role will be crucial to lasting peace and security in Iraq. But ultimately, we recognize the long-term success of the Iraqi nation depends upon the leaders and people of Iraq. It is their determination and hard work that will make the difference. The strong turnout in the March 7th election underscored their resolve, but we know some delays have occurred on the road to forming a government, but we're betting on the Iraqis. We think the Iraqi people are a tough, resilient, determined people who are more than up to the task. And the United States will stand with the Iraqi people for the long term."

Read the full transcript of their remarks here.

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Eric
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New Mexico, USA
July 13, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

If I was a member of the press and had only one question for each, my question to Foreign Minister Zebari would be;

"Is there a problem in certifying Iraq to be WMD-free that is holding up the process of lifting Chapter 7 ?

And to Sec. of State Clinton,

"Regarding the Iranian individual and all the conflicting claims involved in this case, do you believe perhaps if he were to appear on Jay Leno's show, noting Jay's ability to do a proper interogation of guests about espionage matters; in addition to your statement today might help clear up this bizarre situation to the American public's satisfaction once and for all?"

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
July 14, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Today something quite predictable happened.

Mr Amiri came out with another video;

bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle+east-10635896

So here's my take on on all of this, and we'll see if my theory is proven correct in time.

Mr. Amiri did indeed of his own accord contact US intel services while in Saudia Arabia offering documented proof of Iranian nuclear program activity. He was instructed to do so by the Iranian government in an effort to decieve and discredit the US in order to cause international doubts, in order to throw a monkey wrench in impending UN sanctions deliberations among security council members.

US intel services did indeed fly him to the US, not as it's captive but thinking he was legitimately seeking freedom and that he was at risk from Iranian agents in Saudia Arabia seeking him out, as the Iranian government was upset over his "dissaperance".

The only "psycologic pressure" applied was when he was discovered to be a planted agent of a foreign power in the US, he was given the choice of producing a video denying his so-called capture or face prosecution and jail time, which he freely agreed to do to avoid this.

He has been under pressure by the Iranian government from get go to set this in motion, and so is continuing to make these claims in order to discredit the US. They hold his family as insurance.

Now I wasn't exactly trying to be a comedian in suggesting he appear on Jay Leno's show, although it may be amusing to think about this. Because one should never try to BS a comedian in the first place since comedians do that for a living.

But since it too late now, I would suggest that if my pet theory on this is indeed close to the truth, then my government should expose it for what is in my opinion as a pretty poor attempt to manipulate world opinion.

We'll see what the future brings...

Patrick W.
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Maryland, USA
July 14, 2010

Patrick W. in Maryland writes:

The progress in Iraq is very good, concidering
what they have been through over the passed few years. Especially ,concerning their previous leader was not in his right mind,and turtured and killed people at will.
I think they have come along way over a short time..:)

I wish them the best of luck on their continued progress..)

Also, i like to say Hi too, Hillary and tell her she is doing a great job. In promoting
a more open dialogue between our countries.

C_U_Later___Secretary Clinton & DipNote__:)

Saman B.
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Iran
July 15, 2010

Saman B. in Iran writes:

THE IRANIAN NEW SCENARIO!

Iran is a skill to waste the time for it's atomic programs, this prepared scenario can't distract the Security Council's agenda, rather , Iran intends to caste to caste the popularity of America.
the world take notice of the Iran's atomic activity, that reach to nuclear weapons.

Interestingly, where did Amiry stay who fated; it's a pretext for Iran to hold on three American citizens in the custody, 14 months ago they have kidnapped in the border of Iraq.
For a wander, why Tehran regime has a representation office in Washington D.C, unless that's a spy nest.

Thank You

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