Saturday, January 8, 2011

Clinton embarks on tour to strengthen ties with Arab allies

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Last week, Hillary Clinton pow-wowed with South American leaders, many of whom have recently recognized a Palestinian state, at the inauguration of Brazil's new president. This week, Clinton departs on a six-day trip to the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar, in an effort to strengthen ties with Arab allies. According to one state department official, agenda items include the Arab peace initiative and attitudes of the region towards the Palestinian Authority and "peace" talks.

According to Foreign Policy, there is so shortage of personal ties this week. Before departing, Clinton paid a visit to Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, who has been in New York since November for surgery on his back. And in a trip designed to promote democracy and security in the Arab world,  Clinton will participate in celebrations in honor of the 40th anniversary the reign of Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who, according to state department official, is 'a long time friend of the United States and a valued partner who has made enormous changes on the ground in his country over the last 40 years.'" You can read about the sultan's collection of super yachts, one of which contains an orchestra and a swimming pool, here.

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