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Monday
Feb132012

Secretary Clinton and Turkish Foreign Minister Talk Syria, Iran

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- After her meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu Monday afternoon, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- not surprisingly -- told reporters that Syria was “at the top of our list of important matters to discuss today.”  
 
“It is deplorable that the regime has escalated violence in cities across the country, including using artillery and tank fire against innocent civilians,” Clinton said.
 
Sec. Clinton spoke Monday about the call to action put forward by the U.S. and Turkey for the Syrian regime end the violence in that country immediately.

“We stand with the Syrian people and we are looking for a peaceful resolution.  The U.S. and Turkey have again called on the regime to heed the Arab League’s latest efforts as wells as the international community to end the killing immediately, withdraw military forces from residential areas, allow in monitors and journalists, release political prisoners and begin a genuine sincere democratic transition that starts with a respectful serious dialogue with the opposition,” Sec. Clinton said.
 
She said the U.S. strongly supports the Arab League plan to end the violence in Syria and that leading up to the Friends of Syria meeting in Tunisia next week the U.S. will work with partners on diplomatic efforts, to strengthen sanctions and increase outreach to opposition groups inside and outside Syria.
 
“We have heard the call of the Syrian people for help,” Clinton said, "and are working to increase assistance to groups like the Red Crescent and the ICRC that are operating inside Syria."
 
As for the Arab League’s new call for peacekeepers, Clinton said it presented challenges given that it will take a lot of consensus and, most importantly, Syrian support.  “We don’t think it will be possible with Syria,” she said. She criticized the Assad regime for “leading Syria to an outcome we all deplore...no one wants to see a civil war in Syria.”
 
On Iran, Davutoglu repeated what he said Friday that he got the sense on a recent trip to Tehran that Iran is willing to negotiate.  Clinton replied that the U.S. remains on the dual track with Iran, but that “we are ready to sit down and discuss” with them in “a purposeful way” if Iran meets American pre-conditions.

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Thursday
Apr142011

Israel's Foreign Minister to Face Corruption Charges

Comstock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- Israel's justice system recently convicted the country's former president, Moshe Katsav, on rape charges.  Israel's former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is still being investigated on a number of corruption charges and now it looks like the current foreign minister, Avigdor Leiberman, will be the next one to stand trial.

Israel's attorney general says he plans to indict Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on charges of money laundering, aggravated fraud, and breach of trust. The move comes after more than 10 years of investigating Leiberman for allegedly taking millions of dollars he laundered through shell companies.  Leiberman denies the charges. 

The official indictment is expected to be filed next month after a judicial hearing.  Formal charges will force the foreign minister to resign and because he is the head of the 2nd biggest party in the ruling coalition, it may also destabilize Prime Minister Netanyahu's government.

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Wednesday
Feb162011

Sen. John Kerry Meets with Former Pakistani Foreign Minister

Photo Courtesy - Brendan Smialowski/ Getty Images(LAHORE, Pakistan) -- Sen. John Kerry met with former Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Lahore Wednesday.

The meeting came at a time when the relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan is strained due to the detention of Raymond Davis, a U.S. government official who's accused of killing two Pakistani men during an alleged robbery attempt late last month in Lahore.

Kerry called Qureshi his friend and had expressed the desire to meet him even if was no longer the country's foreign minister.

Qureshi lost his position after developing differences with the government over immunity issues related to Davis.  He had said that Davis does not enjoy immunity.

Pakistan's foreign office has sent a report to the Law Ministry about the status of Davis' immunity.  The general consensus of the report, according to those who have read it, is that it mentions that Davis is eligible for immunity.  It will be presented in court Thursday and a decision on the basis of the report will be made.

Qureshi is expected to hold a press conference later Wednesday to give details of his meeting with Kerry.

Meanwhile, Kerry is expected to later meet with Nawaz Sharif, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League, whose party is in opposition to the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party but is in power in Punjab province, where Davis is being held in prison.  Nawaz's brother, Shahbaz Sharif, who is heading the Punjab government, will also be at the meeting.

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Monday
Dec132010

Iranian President Ahmadinejad Fires Foreign Minister

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(TEHRAN, Iran) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Monday he has fired his foreign minister and replaced him with the country's nuclear chief, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency.

In a brief statement on President Ahmadinejad's website, he thanked Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki for his five years of service but offered no explanation for his decision.

Over the past year, Iranian lawmakers have been pushing for Mottaki's dismissal behind the scenes, with some saying he just wasn't a strong enough player on the international stage. 

Iranian nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi will step in to fill in for Mottaki.

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