Sunday, February 6, 2011

Middle East: Clinton: Perfect Storm

Al Jazeera

Clinton warns of 'perfect storm'
US secretary of state says rulers in Middle East must enforce political and social reforms or face backlash.

""The region is being battered by a perfect storm of powerful trends," Clinton said.

"This is what has driven demonstrators into the streets of Tunis, Cairo, and cities throughout the region."

"Clinton said that Washington was backing Egypt's drive to craft orderly reforms to allow democratic elections.

"It is important to support the transition process announced by the Egyptian government actually headed by now-vice president Omar Suleiman," she said.

"The principles are very clear, the operational details are very challenging."

"The secretary of state urged leaders across the Middle East to embrace democratic reforms in response to the growing unrest in the region, despite the risk of short-term instability in countries like Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen.

"She said change is a "strategic necessity" that will make Arab nations stronger and their people more prosperous and less susceptible to extremist ideologies.

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