Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Jimmy Carter accuses Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice of not telling the truth

(IHT-April 23, 2008)
Former President Jimmy Carter on Wednesday accused Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice of not telling the truth about warnings she said her department gave Carter not to speak to Hamas before a Middle East trip.
The State Department has said that the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State David Welch, the top U.S. diplomat for the Middle East, issued the warning before Carter, a veteran of Middle East diplomacy, went on his trip last week.
Rice said in Kuwait on Tuesday: "We counseled President Carter against going to the region and particularly against having contact with Hamas."
A statement issued by the Carter center in Atlanta said on Wednesday that "President Carter has the greatest respect for" Rice "and believes her to be a truthful person. However, perhaps inadvertently, she is continuing to make a statement that is not true."
"No one in the State Department or any other department of the U.S. government ever asked him to refrain from his recent visit to the Middle East or even suggested that he not meet with Syrian President Assad or leaders of Hamas. (continues here)


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