Monday, December 18, 2006

"Let us never negotiate from fear, but let us never fear to negotiate. Direct negotiations are not a sign of weakness, they're a sign of leadership."

Those are the words of Senator Clinton in a policy address on November 1st to the Council on Foreign Relations, urging talks with Syria, Iran and North Korea.

You would think that someone taking this position would have no problem just 'talking' with the possible future leader of France, a NATO ally:
Clinton and Royal - Sharing ambitions not handshakes?

One is French. One is American. Both may become the first female presidents of their country. But will Segolene Royal and Hillary Rodham Clinton support or snub each other in their battle?

Speculation about the power women's relationship rose in France after a newspaper said Royal had postponed a U.S. trip planned for this month because Clinton did not want to see her.

Socialist regional leader Royal, 53, a relative political newcomer with little foreign policy experience, has made little secret of the fact she would like to meet Clinton to bolster her international credentials.

But after gaffes by Royal on a trip to the Middle East, the Democratic Senator from New York, who is believed to be eyeing a White House bid in 2008, was less than enthusiastic about being seen together with the French candidate, Le Parisien daily said at the weekend, quoting a Clinton adviser.

"Hillary, whose candidature is far from assured, is very vigilant and cannot afford the slightest false move," it quoted the adviser as saying. "She does not want to be associated with Royal's recent comments. It wouldn't be good for her image." ...


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