Briefing Skipper: Lahore, Clinton to the Middle East, Iran, North Korea
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 Department Spokesman Ian Kelly: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spent the day in Lahore, Pakistan. She met with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, his brother and former Prime Minister Nawaz ...
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 Department Spokesman Ian Kelly:
- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spent the day in Lahore, Pakistan. She met with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, his brother and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer. She held a town hall at the Government College University and visited the Data Durbar Sufi shrine, the Badshahi Mosque, and Iqbal Memorial.
- On the loud greeting that met Clinton in Islamabad, Kelly said it was a coincidence. "I would not draw too much out of the fact that there was a bomb on the day that she arrived…There have been bombs, unfortunately, going off pretty consistently."
- Clinton will next head to the Middle East,first to Abu Dhabi to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and then Jerusalem to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, eventually winding up in Morocco on Monday to meet with Arab foreign ministers.
- The U.S. has received Iran’s response to the draft agreement on transferring low enriched uranium out of the country, which many have called "inadequate" because it seeks smaller amounts and longer time spans than the IAEA version. The State Department is "waiting for a clarification," Kelly said, which perhaps is understandable considering Iran didn’t even write the response down on paper.
- Meanwhile, Kelly said that the State Department doesn’t mind that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was in Tehran today signing deals and talking about the two countries’ "brotherly relatinons."
- Special Envoy Sung Kim and North Korean negotiator Ri Gun did not come to an agreement to send Ambassador Stephen Bosworth to Pyongyang, unfortunately.
(Correction: Netanyahu’s title corrected to "prime minister.")
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