|Monday, 10 December 2007|
|By Donna Miles|
American Forces Press Service
MANAMA, Bahrain — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates called on Iraq's Arab neighbors Saturday to help the Iraqis build on progress being made to ensure it succeeds as a peaceful, stabilizing force in the region.
"Whether the positive trends of recent months continue will be determined largely by where we go from here," Gates told about 200 delegates from 23 countries here at the International Institute for Strategic Studies' annual Manama Dialogue. "And by 'we,' I mean not only the United States and the Iraqi government, but also the governments of every nation represented at this dialogue."
Gates urged the Arab world to "exercise your influence with the Iraqis and encourage them to meet their own goals and expectations, to live up to their own promises."
"I also urge you to help them in every way that you can – by dampening homegrown insurgencies, by alleviating sectarian strife, by providing economic and diplomatic support," he said.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Gates says Arab world must support progress in Iraq
I like Robert Gates. It's kind of sad that an American official has to urge the Arabs to support Iraq in ways that will alleviate sectarian strife.