Clinton: U.S. ”testing the waters” regarding Iran and Syria
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday that Obama administration was "testing the waters" in its diplomatic overtures to Iran and Syria this week. On Thursday, Clinton said she planned to invite Iran to an international conference on Afghanistan and two senior U.S. officials will be in Syria this weekend.
"We have a sense of urgency in the Obama administration. We believe that there are a lot of challenges and threats that we have inherited that we have to address but there are lots of opportunities," Clinton told National Public Radio.
"We are being extremely vigorous in our outreach because we are testing the waters. We are determining what is possible. We are turning new pages and resetting buttons and doing all kinds of efforts to create more partners and fewer adversaries," she added in the interview.
According to Clinton, final details of the venue and timing of the Afghanistan conference had not been set yet. "Iran, for example, is deeply concerned about the importing of narcotics into Iran from Afghanistan. There are a lot of reasons why Iran would be interested," she said.
But Clinton indicated the United States had not heard yet whether Iran was interested in coming. "Obviously it is up to them to decide whether to come," she said."