Hillary Clinton called Iran a 'Threat to its Neighbors' and Syria to satisfy peace in Riyadh Conference.
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Hillary Clinton called Iran a 'Threat to its Neighbors' and Syria to satisfy peace in Riyadh Conference.

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia | Apr 01, 2012 at 8:41 AM PDT
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Secretary of U.S. State reaffirmed the willingness to seek a peaceful solution to the crisis over Ahmadinejad's nuclear program. However, she warned that Tehran "will not always have that opportunity".

"Iran still poses a threat to its neighbors, and also involved in its internal affairs”, criticized Clinton on Saturday in a press conference in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) after meeting with foreign ministers of the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and warned that the U.S. is "committed to the security and defense of the Gulf countries, so work with them to create a missile defense system.”

"We prefer a political solution to the crisis, but Iran will not have that opportunity forever. We are determined to prevent Tehran from possessing nuclear weapons, “said Secretary of State.

In this sense, the Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al Faisal, said that Iranian interference in the internal affairs of other countries is "one of the biggest challenges" for the region.

Clinton also asked the UN envoy to the Arab League and Syria, Kofi Annan, to set a timetable for implementing its plan, which includes the immediate cessation of violence and military withdrawal from the cities.

Clinton justified her request because "Syria as usual, reach agreements and then refuses to fulfill them.”

Damascus officially announced that it accepted the initiative proposed by Annan, though a spokesman said yesterday that Syrian troops will not withdraw from the cities until it "was not imposed to security and peace."

At the meeting Clinton held with her Gulf counterparts were evident differences that separate them in the Syrian conflict, mainly with respect to arm the opposition to the regime of Dictator Bashar Assad.

When asked about this issue, Clinton said that l he United States will present "the support and assistance the Syrians in non-military matters”, the conference of Friends of Syria to be held tomorrow in Istanbul.

However, Saud al-Faisal, recognized these differences and stressed that her country supports "the supply of arms to the Syrian opposition, because they are unable to defend themselves without weapons."

The U.S. diplomat said that tomorrow's summit in Istanbul, which is expected to attend about 40 foreign ministers will focus on the adoption of new sanctions against the regime in Damascus and in efforts to unite the atomized Syrian opposition.

"We cannot assist the Syrians without a unified opposition," she said, adding that the Friends of Syria cooperate to "bring to justice the criminals who have committed massacres."

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Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal (C) greeting Hillary Clinton upon her arrival in Riyadh
Vicky247 is based in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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