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Middle East Digest - May 22, 2009


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May 22, 2009

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The Middle East Digest provides text and audio from the Daily Press Briefing. For the full briefings, please visit daily press briefings.

From the Daily Press Briefing of May 22, 2009

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Yes, Dave.
QUESTION: Roxana Saberi is apparently flying in to D.C. today, and I’m wondering whether you plan to have her into – you know, for a debriefing about her experiences in Iran.
MR. KELLY: Well, let me say, first of all, that we can confirm these reports that she’s left Vienna for the U.S. We are very pleased for her and her family. And of course, they’ve gone through a tremendously difficult experience.
I think out of respect for her and her privacy, I’m not going to talk about any details of her travel plans, but I – you know, I will say that – stay tuned, that we may have something more to say, I think, on Tuesday on this.
QUESTION: Which suggests you’re going to meet with her?
MR. KELLY: Well, I’ll just say just stay tuned. We’ll – you know, we’ll see if we can tell you something on Tuesday.
Yeah. Well, I guess I’ll go to – why don’t you –

QUESTION: On the Vice President’s trip to Beirut, does the State Department have any officials that were present at the Vice President’s meetings, and what message do you hope he sends to the Lebanese Government?
MR. KELLY: Well, you know, in terms of what messages he’s sending to the Lebanese Government, I’ll – I think the Vice President has made a number of public comments, so I’ll let his words speak for themselves. I know that there have been a few State Department officials on the trip. Let me see if I can get back to you and give you the names of the officials who went with them.
QUESTION: There’s been a thought by the opposition that the meetings between the government and the Vice President might be seen as sort of support for one side and not another. How do you view that perspective?
MR. KELLY: Well, we – what we support in Lebanon is an open political process in which all Lebanese can participate to allow the Lebanese people to determine their own future, to have a future of peace and prosperity. We stand foursquare behind their sovereignty. But beyond that, like I say, I’d refer to Vice President Biden’s remarks.
QUESTION: Thank you.



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