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Carter Ready to Meet Hezbollah

Posted by uscsjp on December 9, 2008

Carter was widely criticized for meeting Meshaal in April (AFP)

Carter was widely criticized for meeting Meshaal in April (AFP)

“Jimmy Carter, the former US president, has said he is ready to meet with Hezbollah officials if they agree to see him.

Carter made his comments upon arrival in Lebanon on Tuesday where he will assess whether his Atlanta-based Carter Centre would take part in monitoring next year’s parliamentary elections.

Asked whether he would meet with Hezbollah officials during his five-day visit, Carter told reporters that it was up to the group, which the United States considers a “terrorist” organisation.

‘I am going to meet with all of the political parties as possible,’ Carter said. ‘I understand that several leaders of Hezbollah said they were not going to meet with any president or former president of the United States, so I don’t know yet.’

Hezbollah official told The Associated Press news agency the group had no immediate comment on Carter’s remarks but said it might issue a statement, most likely on Wednesday.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media…

…Carter was widely criticised in April when he met in Syria with Khaled Meshaal, the exiled Hamas political leader.

The US also labels Hamas, the Palestinian group that controls the Gaza Strip, a ‘terrorist’ organisation…”

–Al Jazeera, Tuesday, Dec 9, 2008

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2008/12/2008129191842501955.html

And from the BBC:

“Egypt’s top Muslim cleric is under pressure to resign from politicians and newspapers for shaking the hand of Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Criticism has been steadily growing since the newspapers began running a photograph of the Sheikh Mohammad Sayyid Tantawi greeting Mr Peres.

The two met at the United Nations sponsored interfaith conference in New York in November.

Egypt and Jordan are the only Arab states to have made peace with Israel.

But the bitter reaction to Sheikh Tantawi’s greeting of Mr Peres showed just how deep the resentment felt by many in Egypt towards its neighbour goes…”

-BBC News, Tuesday, Dec 9, 2008

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7773047.stm

And finally:

Noam Chomsky On The Economy, Democracy and the American Presidential Elections…

http://www.zcommunications.org/znet/viewArticle/19801

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