Clinton: US interests sometimes clash with Mideast reform

By REUTERS
November 8, 2011 06:35

 
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WASHINGTON - US interests sometimes clash with its support for democracy in the Middle East, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acknowledged on Monday, but she said democratic freedoms were the best guarantee of stability in the long run.

In a speech on Washington's response to the Arab Spring that toppled several US allies, Clinton implicitly faulted the military council that succeeded former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak for moving too slowly on elections.

She also acknowledged that the United States sometimes deals differently with pro-democracy movements, saying no two situations are the same and that diverging US interests sometimes force it to adopt varying stances.

Clinton used her her speech to the National Democratic Institute to address questions such as why the United States built a military coalition to force Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi from power while it has been more cautious in Syria.

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