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Middle East Digest - July 7, 2009


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July 7, 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 July 7, 2009

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Yeah, Dave.

QUESTION: Have you had any further --

MR. KELLY: Sorry I keep forgetting you.

QUESTION: Have you had any further engagement with the Chinese Government on the rioting in Western China? And also, this came up yesterday – the Chinese seem to be making a scapegoat out of a Uighur exile living in the United States, Rebiya Kadeer. Do you have anything to say about these repeated charges that she’s fomenting this?

MR. KELLY: On that specific charge, no, I really don’t have anything to say. You heard what the Secretary said about the situation in general. We have made our concerns known to the Chinese Government. I mentioned to you yesterday that we had the Vice Premier Wu1 here in the building. I think he also was at the White House as well. And in addition, we’ve made our concerns known in Beijing via our chargé d'affaires.

But as the Secretary also said, we really have to be very focused on the fact that we need to stop – or the violence needs to stop, that all sides out there need to show restraint. So that’s really our priority right now.

And you have the last question.

(The briefing was concluded at 2:20 p.m.)

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1Vice Foreign Minister Wu

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