Tuesday, September 16, 2008

FIVE FORMER SECRETARIES OF STATE SUPPORT DIRECT TALKS WITH IRAN

National Security Network - Five former American secretaries of state all reaffirmed their support for direct talks with Iran. Henry Kissinger went as far as to say that there must be high-level talks with the Iranians "without conditions." Barack Obama has called for tough direct diplomacy with Iran, but John McCain who continues to call this approach "naïve."

At the event sponsored by the Center for New American Security, George Washington University, Rice University and City College, Henry Kissinger, Colin Powell James Baker, Madeleine Albright and Warren Christopher all agreed. Former Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright advised that "You need to engage with countries you have problems with," and said "I believe we need to engage with Iran." Colin Powell, Secretary of State under George W. Bush echoed the need for negotiations stating: "Let's get together and talk about nuclear weapons."

Henry Kissinger, an advisor to John McCain, supports negotiating with Iran "without preconditions." Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State under Presidents Nixon and Ford, not only indicated that he "was in favor of negotiating with Iran," but said that such negotiations should occur "without conditions," and should begin at a high level."