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Dec132010

Clinton: Iran Nuke Meetings 'A Good Start'; No Insight into Mottaki Dismissal

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(QUEBEC, Canada) -- Speaking in Canada on Monday, where she met her Canadian and Mexican counterparts, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked about the dismissal of her Iranian counterpart, Manouchehr Mottaki. Asked if it’s because he snubbed her after she tried to greet him at an event in Bahrain, Clinton laughed loudly and said, “I have no idea.”
 
“Our relationship toward Iran is not toward any individual, it is toward the country, the government which is complex and challenging to deal with because it is not just one channel, there are several different channels because of the way their [government] is established. So I don’t really have any insight or comment on the report that I also learned of today,” she said.
 
She took the opportunity to comment on last week’s nuclear talks between the group of world powers known as the P5+1 and Iran, calling it “a good start.”
 
“The recent meeting in Geneva of the P-5 plus one was a good start. It was just that; it wasn't more than that. But it was a good start to a return to a serious negotiation between Iran and the international community, and they agreed on a second meeting in January. We remain committed to pursuing every diplomatic avenue available to us and our international partners to persuade Iran to forego a nuclear-weapons program, and we remain convinced that that is not only in the interests of peace and stability in the Gulf -- and indeed in the wider region and world -- but it's also in the best interests of Iran. So whether one person or another is foreign minister is not as important as to what the policy of the Iranian government is in dealing with the international community on this very important matter,” she said.

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