Briefing Skipper: Steinberg, Clinton, Mitchell, Holbrooke, Campbell
In which we scour the transcript of the State Department’s daily presser so you don’t have to. Here are the highlights of today’s briefing by Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs P.J. Crowley: Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg met with PRC Politburo Member Minister Li Yuanchao today. Perhaps the term "strategic deterrence" came up? George ...
In which we scour the transcript of the State Department's daily presser so you don't have to. Here are the highlights of today's briefing by Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs P.J. Crowley:
In which we scour the transcript of the State Department’s daily presser so you don’t have to. Here are the highlights of today’s briefing by Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs P.J. Crowley:
- Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg met with PRC Politburo Member Minister Li Yuanchao today. Perhaps the term "strategic deterrence" came up?
- George Mitchell came back from the Middle East and now it’s the Israelis’ and the Palestinians’ turn to come to Washington, on the 15th and 20th, respectively. The State Department generally welcomes the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation plan put forth by Egypt, even if the two sides couldn’t even get together in one room to sign the thing.
- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may or may not make a stop in Israel in November, as part of her trip to Morroco. "Travel plans are still up in the air," Crowley said, but she WILL go to Pakistan.
- Speaking of which, AfPak envoy Richard Holbrooke met with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi today to discuss the fallout over the Kerry-Lugar aid bill and perhaps the fate of Pakistan’s Amb. Husain Haqqani. Qureshi will also go to the White House and Capitol Hill to talk about the aid conditions on the bill. "We do not think that the bill in any way impinges on Pakistani sovereignty," Crowley said.
- Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia Kurt Campbell was in Beijing today and Tokyo this past weekend. No word on whether North Korea’s firing of more missiles today was related to that and no word on whether the U.S. is going to send Amb. Stephen Bosworth to Pyongyang.
- No comment on Russian Prime Minister Sergei Lavrov’s statements seeming to push back against the idea of more sanctions on Iran. Crowley said, "Right now the focus is on … what will happen on Oct. 25 [when the IAEA is due to inspect the Qom nuclear site] and then what will happen in the aftermath of that."
- Crowley confirms that Turkey disinvited Israel from participating in the military exercises known as Anatolian Eagle, leading to their cancellation, in the latest sign of deteriorating relations between Jerusalem and Ankara.
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