Secretary Clinton Meets With Qatari Foreign Minister

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February 14, 2010
Secretary Clinton Meets With Qatari Foreign Minister

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Earlier today, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton offered remarks after meeting with Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani and discussing a broad range of issues. Secretary Clinton said:

"There are many reasons for my visit here to Qatar. We have a broad range of issues to discuss. Certainly, we talked in depth about Iran. The Emir has a lot of very well-developed and informed opinions about Iran that he shared with me.

We made it clear that we want to, as we have from the beginning of President Obama's term, engage with Iran. And President Obama has consistently said that he is willing to do so. Unfortunately, that has not been received positively by the Iranians.

We have always had a dual track policy, because we believe that it is important for the stability and the peace of the region that Iran not acquire nuclear weapons. They are going to have to make a decision as to which direction they will go. And we are going to continue to work with our friends and partners in the region, as well as countries around the world, to send a clear message to the Iranians, and to take action in the Security Council that sends that message that we do not believe that Iran should be a nuclear weapons power. We believe they do have a right to peaceful nuclear power, and we stand ready to engage with them. But we are going to have to move forward in the absence of any positive response..."Full Text



Debbie F.
Maryland, USA
February 16, 2010

Debbie F. in Maryland writes:

I think it is important to not appear to be talking down to nor acting in a cocky manner by using words that will not be understood by your audience. ? End Game? This to me is counter productive.
Basically, we want for 1. Iran to stop their nuclear plan as we see it to be a step in the wrong direction for peace as a whole and in the region. 2. Better human rights for its populus.
Power is a very important thing to current leadership and its backing. So, how do we show them a better way to still have power by tweaking and fixing #1 and 2? Their attitude of we will do whatever we please is not going to change without intervention.
The world has to unify and get involved. Not just the US. We can talk till our faces are blue and they are not going to change. While sitting on our heels they will continue to expand their nuclear program. We have to act quickly by setting up a time table with clear objectives of how to proceed. Attach to this must be consequences. . . .


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