Clinton in regional tour to discuss next step on Iran
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton flew Sunday to the Gulf region to ask Saudi Arabia to press China to join the American drive for sanctions against Tehran. Clinton's aide also said her tour in Qatar and Saudi Arabia is also aimed at pressing more countries, including Turkey, to cooperate with Washington against Iran's nuclear program.
During her stop in Riyadh on Monday, Clinton is set to meet Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud and Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal. Jeffrey Feltman, Clinton's top diplomat for the Middle East said that Clinton expects the Saudis to use their influence "to use their relationship in ways that can help increase the pressure that Iran feels."
China opposes any further sanctions on Iran, saying the issue could only be solved through diplomacy rather than sanctions.
Clinton's spokesman Philip Crowley said she will also press Turkey on Iran, meeting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.