Hillary Clinton: New U.S. administration to forge Mideast peace
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Special report: Palestine-Israel Conflicts

°§Obama administration would spare no effort to promote to forge Israeli-Palestinian peace.
°§The future U.S. government will try "to seek a just and lasting peace agreement..."
°§Clinton insisted U.S. must effectively challenge Iran to stop its nuclear weapons program.

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Designate Hillary Clinton told lawmakers here on Tuesday that the Obama administration would spare no effort to promote to forge Israeli-Palestinian peace.

    "The president-elect and I understand and are deeply sympathetic to Israel's desire to defend itself under the current conditions, and to be free of shelling by Hamas rockets," Clinton said in prepared written testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations committee.

U.S. Secretary of State Designate Hillary Clinton told lawmakers here on Tuesday that the Obama administration would spare no effort to promote to forge Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on her nomination to be Secretary of State in the U.S. President-elect Barack Obama administration, on the Capitol Hill, Washington,D.C., on Jan, 13, 2009. (Xinhua/Zhang Yan)
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    "However, we have also been reminded of the tragic humanitarian costs of conflict in the Middle East and pained by the suffering of Palestinian and Israeli civilians. We will exert every effort to support the work of Israelis and Palestinians who seek that result."

    "We cannot give up on peace," the wife of former President Bill Clinton said at her confirmation hearing for top U.S. diplomat, noting that the future U.S. government will try "to seek a just and lasting peace agreement that brings real security to Israel; normal and positive relations with its neighbors; and independence, economic progress, and security to the Palestinians in their own state."

U.S. Secretary of State Designate Hillary Clinton told lawmakers here on Tuesday that the Obama administration would spare no effort to promote to forge Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Hillary Clinton (3rd L front) arrives to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on her nomination to be Secretary of State in the U.S. President-elect Barack Obama administration, on the Capitol Hill, Washington D.C., U.S., on Jan, 13, 2009.(Xinhua/Zhang Yan)
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    On Iran, Clinton said that the incoming Obama administration will pursue "a new, perhaps a different approach" toward the Islamic Republic. But the wife of former president Bill Clinton insisted that the United states must effectively challenge Iran to stop its nuclear weapons program.

    "It is going to be United States policy to pursue diplomacy, with all of its (tools), to do everything we can to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear weapon state. As I also said, no option is off the table." 

U.S. Secretary of State Designate Hillary Clinton told lawmakers here on Tuesday that the Obama administration would spare no effort to promote to forge Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Hillary Clinton (R) listens to questions during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on her nomination to be Secretary of State in the U.S. President-elect Barack Obama administration, on the Capitol Hill, Washington D.C., U.S., on Jan, 13, 2009.(Xinhua/Zhang Yan)
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Obama reiterates to engage immediately on Mideast as president

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President-elect Barack Obama pledged on Sunday that he will tackle hot issues in the Middle East as soon as he is inaugurated on Jan. 20.

    "What I am doing right now is putting together the team so that on January 20th, starting on day one, we have the best possible people who are going to be immediately engaged in the Middle East peace process as a whole," he said in an interview with ABC News.   Full story

Obama describes Iran as "one of biggest challenges"

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President-elect Barack Obama said on Sunday that Iran will be one of the biggest challenges that his administration is to face.

    "I think that Iran is going to be one of our biggest challenges," he said in an interview with ABC News.  Full story

U.S. Secretary of State designate attaches importance to six-party talks

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State designate Hillary Clinton told lawmakers on Tuesday that the new administration will continue making a "very aggressive effort" to curb the alleged role of nuclear proliferation by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

    "We've got to end North Korea as a proliferator ... So we will embark on a very aggressive effort to try to determine the best way forward to achieve our objectives with them," Clinton said at confirmation hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Full story

Hillary to help renew U.S. leadership, says Obama aide

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- If confirmed as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton will help "renew U.S. leadership" around the world, sources close to President-elect Barack Obama said on Tuesday

    Clinton, who is appearing at the Senate's confirmation hearing, will tell senators that she aims for a revitalization of diplomacy as a means of promoting the nation's security interests and advancing its values, an Obama aide was quoted by CNN as saying. Full story

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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