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US backs Ashton mission to save Middle East talks
Date 30/09/2010 14:42  Author webmaster  Hits 947  Language Global

30 SEP 2010

By Andrew Rettman

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - US secretary of state Hilary Clinton has firmly endorsed an EU mission to salvage Middle East peace talks amid internal EU division on the peace process.

Speaking at a joint press conference with the EU's Catherine Ashton in Washington on the eve of Ms Ashton's trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories (29 September), Ms Clinton described the EU as a key US partner in terms of global security.

"The post-Lisbon EU is expanding its role in world affairs, and the United States values our growing partnership with the EU and we see it as a cornerstone of global peace and security," she said. "We have to look for opportunities to make the past not just a glorious time of close transatlantic co-operation, but as the prelude to a very smart, sustained involvement globally on the new threats and opportunities that confront us."

She personally thanked Ms Ashton on three occasions in her Washington statement for the British baroness' recent "leadership" on important foreign policy dossiers.

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