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Secretary Clinton in Abu Dhabi: Thursday June 9th 2011 *updated*

June 9, 2011

Unfortunately, it’s hard to find much news about Secretary Clinton’s trip thus far because a) it’s just started and b) apparently the media can only cover one story at a time and much of the news about Secretary Clinton over at Daylife etc. is cross-referencing the current Weiner scandal, which I refuse to discuss on this website out of respect for Abedin-Weiner’s privacy. The last thing they need is more piling-on. This week over 75,000 people have come to this website via wordpress.com and Google based on a search for “abedin” and “weiner,” apparently only because of one post I put up congratulating them on their marriage last year. So, for any of the tens of thousands of first time visitors hoping for some gossip about the couple go somewhere else.

I suspect Secy Clinton will have bilaterals, pressers etc. today so I’ll post videos, transcripts etc. as they dribble in.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gives Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu a high five at the start of their bilateral meeting at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, June 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

Here is the daily schedule:

SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

Secretary Clinton is on foreign travel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates accompanied by Counselor Mills and Assistant Secretary Feltman.

11:30 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed, in Abu Dhabi.

1:00 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton attends the Libya Contact Group Ministerial Lunch and Co-Chairs Opening Remarks, in Abu Dhabi.

1:20 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Dr. Mohammed Saba, in Abu Dhabi.

2:30 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton attends the Libya Contact Group Third Ministerial Session, in Abu Dhabi.

TBD Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with TNC Executive Bureau Chairman Dr. Mahmoud Jibril, in Abu Dhabi.

TBD Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, in Abu Dhabi.

TBD Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Belgian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov, in Abu Dhabi.

TBD Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, in Abu Dhabi.

6:00 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a press availability, in Abu Dhabi.

Here are a few photos:

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sheik Mohammed Al Sabah at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, June 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shakes hands with Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan during a meeting at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi June 9, 2011.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Mahmoud Jibril, executive bureau chairman of the transitional national council in Libya, during a bilateral meeting at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, June 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, POOL)

26 Comments leave one →
  1. HillaryFan permalink
    June 9, 2011 7:43 am

    75,000 people have come here this week just to look for info. on Weiner and Abedin? If only people were that interested in the hard work Hillary does every day or the time stacy spends providing foreign policy analysis for what’s going on the Middle EAst. The media love this story because it’s so much easier for them to cover than the economy or Libya or Bahrain.

    Good for you for not even commenting on it. I’m tempted to say something about it because I feel for Huma and it’s one of those things that everyone probably has an opinion on but I guess it would just keep the whole story going on and on.

    Thanks for the updates Stacy!

    • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
      June 9, 2011 11:18 am

      As Levy notes, there has been remarkably little response from anyone (including the US) about Israel’s killing unarmed mostly peaceful protesters.

      And why does Hamas try to prevent these border protests? I don’t get how that’s to their advantage.

      I’ve always thought (well, since I “woke up” a year ago) that the most effective non-violent protests would be from the population of permanent Palestinian residents living in East Jerusalem. I realize many have a vested interest in not losing their residency status, but the fact of the matter is that since 2006, there has been an undeclared ethnic cleansing policy to Judaize all Jerusalem anyway, and thousands are losing their residency permits every year based on the flimiest of excuses. It’s not hard to see where this is heading. Protests might bring these discriminatory policies more sharply into focus for a world audience, or at least the American audience. And is Israel going to fire on unarmed residents? Or violently disband peaceful protests?

      • June 9, 2011 12:32 pm

        @carolyn- I honestly don’t understand that either- why there are no protests from Palestinian citizens of Israel. Perhaps they are afraid, as you said. There have been a slew of laws targeting them for disparate treatment and perhaps they are afraid they will become more of a target.

        On the one hand I hope to see them protest for their rights but on the other hand, it’s easy for me to say that because I’m not the one living under a system that represses me, although Israeli Palestinians do have it better than those in West Bank and Gaza (because of the blockade). If I were a parent I would be afraid of being arrested and not being able to take care of my child- Palestinians of all stripes are treated very harshly by the Israeli justice system.

        What’s interesting is that I have read that many Israeli Palestinians want to stay in Israel if there is a two-state solution- you can bet this is worrying the hell out of Israel’s right wing govt.

        I read a very sad article over on Haaretz a while back about a Palestinian father who had chosen to live in Israel as a resident and he was called a traitor by his fellow Palestinians and he and his young son were harassed by their Jewish neighbors whenever they would go to a public place, such as the public swimming pool. The family just wanted to fit in and so I understand why they would be afraid to protest. It was really heartbreaking. It made me sad but of course, it also made me furious. It sounded like the way we treated African Americans during segregation.

        More and more I am seeing the claims about Israel’s “demographic concerns” as outright racism- that’s a big change for me because I used to buy into that argument. But these days, after all I’ve seen and read, I’ve believe it is a code phrase for ethnic cleansing and apartheid and while Israel will always be known as the nation state of the Jewish people, which is certainly their right and I have no problem with that, I no longer agree with Israel’s desire to be ethnically/religiously/culturally “pure,” nor do I agree with the methods they are using to obtain/maintain that purity. It was offensive when the Germans did it and I find it no less so now.

  2. Thain permalink
    June 9, 2011 10:33 am

    I could care less about Weiner’s private parts. What I care about R these lies, which I find much more serious than lying about a crotch-shot:

    http://thinkprogress.org/security/2011/03/04/148818/weiner-occupation-west-bank/

    • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
      June 9, 2011 11:20 am

      Oh God, you don’t suppose Weiner is marshalling the AIPAC troops to call off the Congressional dogs calling for his resignation? Despicable.

      • Thain permalink
        June 9, 2011 11:27 am

        No, I don’t think anyone is going to throw a life preserver to Weiner.

        AIPAC knows that there isn’t a single politician that could get elected in his district w/o totally pandering to the anti-peace, pro-rejectionist, uber-Zionist crowd. In other words, politicians willing to pander to AIPAC are a dime a dozen everywhere but particularly in NY.

  3. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    June 9, 2011 11:21 am

    OT, sort of: I love that chignon of Hillary’s! Sooo becoming

  4. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    June 9, 2011 12:58 pm

    I’m with you on that, especially the last sentence. Re: Palestinian residents of Israel who would choose to stay in Israel if there were a two-state solution, I saw a poll about that in January. Interesting thing is banner headlines mostly read, “East J’lem Palestinians would choose to stay in Israel.” The more accurate headlines read, “A plurality of East J’lem Palestinians would choose…” and the fine print told an altogether different story: “35 percent of Jerusalem’s Palestinian residents would choose Israeli citizenship over Palestinian citizenship. Thirty percent said they preferred Palestinian citizenship, while another 35 percent said they did not know.”

    So shouldn’t the headline be, “Only 35% of East J’lem Palestinians would choose to stay…”?

    • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
      June 9, 2011 1:08 pm

      Oops – this was a response to your comment to me, stacy.

      P.s. All those hits seeking info about Huma and Weiner, I remember your post about their wedding, but more recently — Mem Day weekend, maybe, when you weren’t paying attention to us — there was a back-and -forth discussion in the comments to an unrelated topic, initiated by a blogger unfamiliar to me who said, “So what is Huma’s relationship to Hillary anyway?” (wink, wink). Another blogger quite rightly challenged the person just to ask what they were getting at, and I chimed in, “Sorry to disappoint, but Huma’s married to Rep Weiner.” This was before his story broke.

      Such curiosity, such fascination about Hillary’s sexuality.

      • June 9, 2011 1:53 pm

        Such curiosity, such fascination about Hillary’s sexuality.

        Yup, always has been. I had thought that the Huma-Hillary rumor had died a quiet death a long time ago.

        I guess a smart, powerful woman having a very close, platonic friendship with another woman is simply out of the question? What year is it again?

        • Thain permalink
          June 9, 2011 2:49 pm

          I never even knew that rumor was out there. Of course, I was a wee pup when Bill Clinton was POTUS🙂

          • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
            June 9, 2011 8:40 pm

            @stacy – I don’t think close, platonic friendships betw women are considered out of the question. I think the alternative is just more titillating, mostly to people with a Y chromosome.

        • PYW permalink
          June 9, 2011 7:21 pm

          hillary sees huma as a second daughter, so this whole thing has to be infuriating to her beyond belief.

          • June 10, 2011 8:53 am

            Yeah, I bet both she and Bill are furious because it’s put a very private person, Huma, in the spotlight in a very humiliating way.

            I’ll be honest- I don’t really care about what politicians do in their private lives, I really don’t. But I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around how someone could be so stupid as to send total strangers this kind of stuff- it just screams “blackmail me!” And the one really strange thing to me – and it makes me sort of uneasy- is how that college student allegedly only had several direct messages with Weiner of a totally non-sexual nature- discussing politics, his critics on the right, etc. and then out of the blue he goes and sends her that photo that he accidentally tweeted to everyone and later says it was “a joke?” It’s one thing if she had requested it or shown some interest in that sort of sexual exchange but by all accounts she didn’t. There’s something about that situation that seems really off to me.

  5. June 9, 2011 1:47 pm

    Interesting- will Hamas become more moderate?

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110609/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_hamas_future

    There have been no Hamas rockets fired at Israel since the unity agreement with Fatah was signed.

    • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
      June 9, 2011 8:43 pm

      The more peaceful they are, the sillier Bibi looks. Not a bad strategy.

  6. Terry permalink
    June 9, 2011 5:01 pm

    Yep she looks beautiful with her hair up. Hopefully this is a low maintenance option she will use more frequently in the future.

  7. Bea permalink
    June 9, 2011 7:08 pm

    Hillary looks stunning and the men seem to have noticed, particularly Crown Prince Sheikh bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

  8. June 10, 2011 8:32 am

    @Carolyn

    I don’t think close, platonic friendships betw women are considered out of the question. I think the alternative is just more titillating, mostly to people with a Y chromosome.

    Yeah, I was sort of being sarcastic about how many powerful, outspoken women seem to be assumed to be gay until proven otherwise. I’m not sure what that generalization implies about straight women though…😉

  9. June 10, 2011 9:25 am

    You know, if Israel spent as much time working towards peace as they did on public relations and propaganda, the conflict might be resolved some time soon:

    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/haaretz-exclusive-secret-cables-show-israel-s-battle-plan-over-palestinian-un-bid-1.366852

    I love the bit about lobbying the media and Jewish community. Well done.

    Interesting that Israel largely came to being via the UN but for Palestinians it’s not the “appropriate” forum to achieve statehood.

    Also, it’s not fair to criticize the Palestinians for taking “unilateral actions” when every single day the Israelis unilaterally annex land in order to prevent a two state solution from ever coming to fruition.

    When Bibi says “no” to East Jerusalem as a Palestinian capital, “no” to leaving the Jordan Valley, “no” to dismantling large settlements beyond the Green Line and “no” to any return of refugees, it’s hard to see what there is to negotiate about. Seems to me the Palestinians have little choice but to turn to the international community, particularly after the release of the Palestine Papers which made Fatah/the PA look like little more than US and Israeli puppets propping up the Occupation in return for money and status.

    • rachel permalink
      June 10, 2011 10:18 am

      I will be honest I don’t understand how anyone can beleive that the Palestinians don’t have the right to go to the UN on their behalf and as to be recognized as a state.

  10. June 10, 2011 10:42 am

    So, the people throwing stones were indicted as part of an ongoing round-up of stone-throwers on Naksa day but there will be no investigation into the killing of approx. 20 unarmed refugees in the Golan?

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/two-majdal-shams-residents-indicted-over-naksa-day-events-1.366837

    I don’t condone the rock-throwing and all it seems to do is give the IDF an excuse to kill a bunch of people but that article above sounds almost like the Onion wrote it the way they hype the threat posed by stone-throwing. Keep in mind the IDF was using snipers and other troops- there is a glaring differential of power here and capability here. Again, I don’t condone any violence but to constantly portray the IDF as victims is, well, questionable.

    The people in Tahrir Sq. threw stones and we didn’t condemn that. The people in Syria throw stones and fight back and we don’t condemn that. If Iranians threw stones at the Iranian police/military we certainly wouldn’t condemn that- we’d probably applaud it. What if the stone-throwing by Palestinians was in self-defense?

    Ok, I’ll shut up now.

  11. phạm thị trâm permalink
    July 7, 2016 6:02 am

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