Report: Clinton told aides ME trip WikiLeaks 'apology tour'

January 12, 2011 12:48


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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton privately told aides that her current tour through the capitals of Washington's Middle Eastern allies is actually an "apology tour," meant to smooth over relations damaged by the revelation of US diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks, UK newspaper the Independent reported on Wednesday.

According to the report, following a meeting with Arab leaders in Yemen on Tuesday, Clinton told aides she should have a tour jacket like those worn by rock band roadies with a "big picture of the world and would say 'The Apology Tour' on it."

Clinton's six-day trip includes stops in UAE, Oman and Qatar who were revealed as fearing a nuclear Iran and shown urging the US to take action against the regime in Teheran in various WikiLeaks cables.

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