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Rice Meets With Syrian Counterpart

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Posted on May 3, 2007

A senior State Department official has confirmed that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with her Syrian counterpart at an ongoing conference in Egypt. The two were expected to discuss Iraq’s security. Iran, too, has expressed interest in such a meeting, but when asked about that possibility earlier this week President Bush said simply that his top diplomat would not be rude to Iran’s foreign minister.


AP via Yahoo:

SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt—Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met Syria’s foreign minister Thursday in the first high-level talks between the two countries in years, a U.S. official said, hours after the chief military spokesman in Iraq said Syria had moved to reduce “the flow of foreign fighters” across its border.

But a substantive meeting between the United States and Iran—another staunch U.S. Mideast foe—appeared less certain.

Rice and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem met on the sidelines of Thursday’s conference. Earlier, a senior State Department official said they would discuss “Iraqi security issues.”

The two-day conference in this Red Sea resort town brings together officials from Iraq, the U.S., Iran, Russia, China, Europe and Arab nations.

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By Verne Arnold, May 4, 2007 at 7:27 am Link to this comment

#67966 by RobertBennett on 5/03 at 10:47 am
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Mr. Bennett,
As one who is progressive and somewhat conservative (no they’re not mutually exclusive)I respectfully submit you don’t know what a “true” conservative is.  If you are looking at the shrub and his neo-cons and calling them conservatives you are making a grave mistake for they are fascists, not “true” conservatives.  Ron Paul of Texas and the late great Tom McCall of Oregon are and were “true” conservatives.
Look in Wikepedia under Tom McCall for at least an idea.  True conservatives are horrified when they are compared with the present administration.  The main idea of “true” conservatism is balance.

I’m always amused by and a little testy about the labels; liberal, conservative, progressive, etc. because until they are defined I have no idea what they mean.

Back to your point about how important Rice’s meeting with the Syrian foreign minister is, I absolutely agree.  Any diplomacy that is sincere is welcome.  If this in fact is a change in this administrations policies regarding the Middle East I welcome it.  Almost anything is better than attacking or going to war.

But my utter disdain and contempt for this administration will remain until impeachment proceedings are brought against this present administration.

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By DennisD, May 3, 2007 at 8:15 pm Link to this comment
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And…..is there a point to this story? Six and a half wasted years into this sham of an administration and they’re getting around to saying Hi to countries with a major influence in the big sand box. What will they think of next - actual diplomacy?

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By Manny, May 3, 2007 at 5:28 pm Link to this comment
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What a waste of time dealing with Ms. Rice. Can any head of state take Ms. Rice seriously I don’t think so. Good photo Op, Ms. Rice but thats about all.

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By THOMAS BILLIS, May 3, 2007 at 1:06 pm Link to this comment
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Finally the moron in chief is doing something responsibly.An aside to one of the commenters if you think the people who comment here care who saves our young service people from dying in Iraq you sir do not have the faintest idea of the people who comment here.If George Bush using new ideas and diplomacy which we had been hoping for resolves this situation I guarantee you that the highest praise he will receive will be on these pages.This is Truthdig not the Weekly Standard or National Review.There are plenty of issues to dog this president on but when it comes to lives of our people we are all American.

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By RobertBennett, May 3, 2007 at 11:47 am Link to this comment

This is progress.  Great progress.

It may not be as much as you’d like, but it is progress.

But it’s doubtful the readers here at Truthdig will appreciate it.  You just love having someone to hate.

So, as you always do, you will find some way to smear it.  You don’t like it when your enemies ‘see the light’, because then you don’t get the credit.

I’m a Progressive who believes Progressives are dropping the ball.  Conservatives live in Fear.  They attack anything that even slightly threatens them.

In adopting their tactics, Truthdig and The Washington Post have become just like them.  You attack, attack, attack, and like Conservatives, you make our culture more and more adversarial.

Conservative tactics will not work for a Progressive Movement.

Peace,
Bob
http://thespiritandthestone.squarespace.com/thespiritandthestone/2007/4/30/it-doesnt-take-courage.html

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By QuyTran, May 3, 2007 at 7:53 am Link to this comment

“OK, now let try “blowjob” policy between us”, Rice said to her counterpart.

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