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  • US Admonishes Israel not to 'Betray' its Trust

    03/02/2015 1:00:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    inn ^ | 3/2/15 | Ari Yashar
    Top spokespeople for US President Barack Obama's administration on Monday night echoed warnings that a release of classified information on Iran talks would be a "betrayal," after an unnamed official was quoted saying Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will detail the deal being formed with Iran in his US Congress address Tuesday. Earlier on Monday an Israeli official said Israel is familiar with the emerging agreement with Iran and that Netanyahu will elaborate on it in his congressional address, sparking US Secretary of State John Kerry to warn against revealing details - despite his having claimed a week ago that Israel...
  • U.S. envoy spurned by both sides on Egypt visit

    07/15/2013 9:05:51 AM PDT · by bkopto · 6 replies
    Rooters ^ | July 15, 2013 | Maggie Fick
    The first senior U.S. official to visit Egypt since the army toppled its elected president was snubbed by both Islamists and their opponents on Monday. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns arrived in a divided capital where both sides are furious at the United States, the superpower which supports Egypt with $1.5 billion in annual aid, mostly for the army that deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi two weeks ago. Crisis in the Arab world's most populous state, which has a peace treaty with Israel and controls the strategic Suez Canal, has alarmed allies in the region and the West. Thousands...
  • Russia rejects Assad exit as precondition for Syria deal [Obama & Hillary FAIL AGAIN]

    01/12/2013 5:27:14 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | 1/12/13 | Steve Gutterman
    support on Saturday for international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi but insisted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's exit cannot be a precondition for a deal to end the country's conflict. A Foreign Ministry statement following talks on Friday with the United States and Brahimi, whom the Syrian government has labelled "flagrantly biased", reiterated calls for an end to violence in Syria, where more than 60,000 people have been killed since March 2011. At the meeting in Geneva with Brahimi and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov "expressed unfailing support for Brahimi's mission as the U.N.-Arab...
  • Russia’s Aggression Against Georgia: Consequences and Responses

    09/17/2008 1:44:35 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies · 170+ views
    state.gov ^ | September 17, 2008 | William J. Burns
    William J. Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Statement before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Washington, DC September 17, 2008 Mr. Chairman, Senator Lugar, Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to discuss the Georgia crisis and its implications, particularly for our relationship with Russia. The causes of this conflict – particularly the dispute between Georgia and its breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia – are complex, with mistakes and miscalculations on all sides. But key facts are clear: Russia’s intensified pressure and provocations against Georgia – combined with a serious Georgian miscalculation – have resulted...
  • Ahmadinejad praises U.S. for sending rep to nuclear talks

    07/24/2008 12:13:14 PM PDT · by tflabo · 10 replies · 77+ views
    Haaretz.com ^ | 07/23/08 | Haaretz
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday that the United States' participation in the latest round of nuclear talks is a step toward recognizing Tehran's right to acquire nuclear technology. A senior diplomat from the U.S. joined envoys from five other world powers in Switzerland at Saturday's talks on Iran's nuclear program. Ahmadinejad told thousands of supporters gathered in the southern Iranian town of Yasouj that U.S. Undersecretary of State William Burns spoke politely and in a dignified manner. "It was a step toward recognizing the rights of the Iranian nation, toward justice, toward repairing your image in the world, toward...
  • Bush's Iran U-turn

    07/19/2008 5:52:49 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 59 replies · 269+ views
    Washington Times ^ | July 20, 2008 | Jeffrey T. Kuhner
    The Bush administration's decision to send a top U.S. diplomat, William Burns, to meet with Iran's chief nuclear negotiator at a European Union-led meeting in Switzerland is a victory for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The White House insists the move does not signify a change in policy toward Tehran. Washington has vowed it will not negotiate with Iran over its nuclear program until it temporarily suspends uranium enrichment. The White House claims the meeting is "a one-time U.S. participation," and that Mr. Burns - the State Department's third-highest ranking diplomat - will only "listen, not negotiate." This is irrelevant. The...
  • Iran hopes for 'constructive' US presence at nuclear talks

    07/18/2008 1:06:33 PM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies · 86+ views
    AFP ^ | 7/18/2008 | Unattributed
    TEHRAN — Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili on Friday expressed optimism that weekend talks attended for the first time by the United States over their nuclear standoff would be constructive, provided Washington came with the right approach. "What is important for us is with what approach they come to the talks. If it is with a constructive approach, and that they refrain from past mistakes, then for sure we will have constructive talks," he was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency before leaving Tehran for Geneva.... And in a major policy shift by Washington, US Under-secretary...
  • US plans to station diplomats in Iran for first time since 1979

    07/17/2008 1:08:38 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 54 replies · 173+ views
    The Guardian (UK) (excerpt) ^ | June 17, 2008 | Ewen MacAskill
    The US plans to establish a diplomatic presence in Tehran for the first time in 30 years as part of a remarkable turnaround in policy by President George Bush. The Guardian has learned that an announcement will be made in the next month to establish a US interests section - a halfway house to setting up a full embassy. The move will see US diplomats stationed in the country. ~ snip ~
  • George Bush U-turn opens way to nuclear talks between US and Iran

    07/16/2008 10:13:30 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies · 228+ views
    Times of London ^ | 07/17/08 | Tim Reid
    George Bush U-turn opens way to nuclear talks between US and Iran Tim Reid in Washington President Bush is sending a top US diplomat to meet Iran’s nuclear negotiator this weekend, a major break with his hardline stance towards Tehran and the closest contact between the countries since the 1979 Iranian Revolution. In a significant departure from Mr Bush’s long-standing refusal to talk to Tehran until it has abandoned its nuclear enrichment programme, William Burns, the Under-Secretary of State and America’s third most senior diplomat, will travel to Switzerland to attend talks between Iranian and European officials on Saturday.
  • In policy reversal, US envoy to meet Iran's nuclear negotiator

    07/16/2008 9:31:12 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 182+ views
    AFP ^ | Wed 16 Jul 2008 2 hours ago | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) — Experts said the White House had appeared to undertake a major shift in its hardline stance toward Tehran when it announced that a senior US diplomat would attend international nuclear talks with Iran.In the highest-ranking meeting between the two foes in three decades, Under Secretary of State William Burns is scheduled to attend the Saturday talks with Iran on a "one-time" mission to underline US conditions for ending the atomic stalemate.In Tehran, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that Iran was ready for negotiations over the nuclear crisis but warned it would not step over any "red...
  • U.S. Diplomat to Meet With Iran Negotiator: Talks Will Break Silence Of Nearly 30 Years

    07/16/2008 5:46:00 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 27 replies · 95+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 16 July 2008 | JAY SOLOMON
    In a bid to jump-start talks to end Iran's nuclear program, the Bush administration is sending the State Department's No. 3 diplomat to Geneva to meet with Tehran's top arms negotiator Saturday, the closest contact between the two countries since the Iranian revolution of 1979. The White House's decision breaks sharply from Washington's long-held policy of refusing direct contacts with Tehran until it agrees to freeze its nuclear program. It is the latest backtracking from the unilateralist character of the first Bush term, and follows a recent deal with North Korea over its nuclear program. U.S. officials said President George...
  • “This Is the FBI—Can We Talk?”

    01/18/2008 9:46:34 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 49 replies · 1,003+ views
    Washingtonian ^ | 01. Jan 2008 | Mark Matthews
    Keith Weissman and Steven Rosen Are PhDs and Middle East Experts Who Did Some Lobbying. They Thought They Were Doing What Washington Insiders Always Do. Thomas O’Donnell didn’t reveal his job when he phoned Keith Weissman in 2004 and got the policy analyst’s wife. He says he didn’t want to scare her. When Weissman returned the call and found out O’Donnell was an FBI agent, his first reaction was to attempt a joke: “What did I do?” “I’m sure you didn’t do anything,” O’Donnell told him. He wanted to meet that day, for five or ten minutes, and get Weissman’s...
  • Sources say Bush expected to send William Burns to represent the U.S. at Arafat`s funeral

    11/10/2004 4:09:07 PM PST · by yonif · 151 replies · 3,097+ views
    Haaretz News Ticker ^ | 11/10/2004 | Reuters
    Sources say Bush expected to send Assistant Sec. of State William Burns to represent the U.S. at Arafat`s funeral (Reuters)
  • Not pledging allegiance

    05/13/2003 11:20:12 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 182+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, May 14, 2003 | Joel Mowbray
    <p>Speaking to a group of Palestinians and left-wing Israelis in Israel last week, a high-ranking State Department official took the time to disparage the "conservative" and "Christian" supporters of President Bush, his ultimate superior. The incident is revealing, not just in showing the contempt members of the Foreign Service have for Mr. Bush, but how urgent the need is for the White House to finally address systemic problems at Foggy Bottom.</p>
  • Lockerbie Bombing Compensation Deal Said Imminent

    03/11/2003 12:12:08 PM PST · by GeneD · 2 replies · 193+ views
    Reuters.com ^ | 03/11/2003
    LONDON (Reuters) - Libya reached agreement with the United States and Britain on Tuesday to accept civil responsibility for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing and compensate victims' relatives, a source close to the talks said. The deal would end a lingering dispute between the West and an Arab state shortly before a likely U.S.-led war against Iraq. "History is in the making. A deal could be announced at any moment," the source said after U.S. Assistant Secretary of State William Burns met Libyan and British officials in London. Under the arrangement, Libya would compensate families of the 259 mostly American passengers...
  • Debate on Arafat Stalls U.S. Policy, Aides to Bush Say

    05/25/2002 1:19:28 PM PDT · by GeneD · 13 replies · 199+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 5/25/02 (for editions of 5/26/02) | Patrick E. Tyler
    WASHINGTON, May 25 — An intense debate among President Bush and his top advisers over whether to press for the removal of Yasir Arafat as the leader of the Palestinian Authority has effectively frozen the nation's Middle East policy, according to some administration officials. It has also prompted George J. Tenet, the director of central intelligence, to delay his mission to the region until the policy is worked out. For more than two weeks, Mr. Bush and Secretary of State Colin L. Powell have said that Mr. Tenet will go to the Middle East to work to restructure Palestinian security...