Rice Rejects Overture to Iran and Syria

[Washington Post ] Glenn Kessler and Robin Wright - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Thursday rejected the Iraq Study Group's recommendation that the U.S. seek the help of Syria and Iran in Iraq, saying the "compensation" required by any deal might be too high. She argued that neither country should need incentives to foster stability in Iraq. Rice said she did not want to trade away Lebanese sovereignty to Syria or allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon as a price for peace in Iraq. Rice also said there would be no retreat from the administration's push to promote democracy in the Middle East. She reiterated her commitment to pursuing peace between Palestinians and Israelis. "Get ready. We are going to the Middle East a lot," Rice said.

2006-12-15 01:00:00

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