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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Secretary Clinton Energizes American Diplomacy in Asia and Middle-East

Secretary of State Clinton met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Wednesday. Photo credits: Getty Images, courtesy of NY Times.


It’s been years since American diplomats displayed as much energy recently shown by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton first in her Asian trip followed soon by her foray into the troubled Middle-East.


Mark Landler in the New York Times reports today:


RAMALLAH, West Bank — A day after announcing a new diplomatic initiative in the Middle East, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled here Wednesday to show support for the Palestinian authority, saying she had pressed the Israeli government to open border crossings to war-torn Gaza.

“We have obviously expressed concern about the border crossing,” Mrs. Clinton said after a meeting with the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas. “We want humanitarian aid to get into Gaza in sufficient amounts to help alleviate the suffering of the people in Gaza.”

Mrs. Clinton also spoke out against Israeli plans to demolish houses belonging to Palestinians in East Jerusalem. She said the orders, issued by the municipal authorities, were “unhelpful” to the peace process.

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