Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Mussa getting snippy with Iran

Arab League Secretary General Amr Mussa talked to Bashar al-Assad and other Syrian leaders on the second leg of his latest tour in search of a resolution of the political crisis in Lebanon, and most reports contain the usual non-committal niceities. But in exchanges with a couple of different Arab-paper reporters, Mussa indicated a particular frustration with Iran and presumably its allies, without naming names.

The reporter for Al-Hayat says:
While Damascus told Mussa...that it supports his efforts ... Mussa alluded to the existence of parties that are against the involvement of the Arab League in resolving the Lebanon problem [and they are] fishing in troubled waters. Mussa stressed that he is not a mailman, but "a man who is stubborn and convinced of the need for an Arab solution to Arab problems."
In a similar vein, the reporter for Azzaman writes that he elicited the following remark from Mussa when he asked him about political reconciliation in Iraq. Mussa reviewed what the Arab League has tried to do, then added:
...but unfortunately there are players who perhaps do not want Arabs or the Arab world or the Arab League to play a in influential role in the solution of any problem...
For the overall diplomatic picture in the region, this indication of Iran-Mussa estrangement is probably not a good sign.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"For the overall diplomatic picture in the region, this indication of Iran-Mussa estrangement is probably not a good sign."

I wouldn't say that, even though Omar's intentions are good and he is a good diplomat his authority is limited and he can't do more than what the governments in both Saudi Arabia and Egypt allow him to.

3:48 PM  
Blogger badger said...

I don't follow you. He represents Saudi and Egypt, therefore...his exasperation is irrelevant?

8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"his exasperation is irrelevant?"

He doesn't just represent them he is their tool so yes his exasperation are irrelevant at least in the political arena ( because he doesn't speak his mind ) and the Arab League is irrelevant .......

12:42 AM  
Blogger badger said...

It's true generally diplomats tend not to speak their mind, and those that are tools of America like Condi Rice are still very relevant, while those that are tools of others are less relevant. The difference is in power, which is self-evident, not in the degree to which they speak their minds.

5:00 AM  

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