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تيليغراف - 4/5/2007
the 'Great Satan' met the 'Axis of Evil'
David Blair, Diplomatic Correspondent in Sharm el-Sheikh
Updated: 3:17am BST 04/05/2007
"Great Satan" and the "Axis of Evil"
greeted one another over lunch but refrained from
shaking hands or exchanging anything more than
Rice, the American secretary of state, and her Iranian
counterpart, Manouchehr Mottaki, had a chance encounter
yesterday which symbolised the state of relations
between their two countries.
had signalled their
willingness to meet at a summit on
would have been the first formal contact between the two
countries at foreign minister level since diplomatic
ties were severed almost 28 years ago when an Iranian
mob held 66
Miss Rice and Mr Mottaki found themselves seated near to
each other during a lunch break in the Egyptian
that President George W Bush has branded
Hoshyar Zebari, the Iraqi foreign minister, saw the pair
exchange some "welcoming remarks". Like the
countries they represent, they were unable to avoid one
another and also unable or unwilling to bridge the gulf
between them. Mr Zebari, who has been playing a
mediating role between the two sides, said: "I
believe that an in-depth, bilateral meeting between the
two here is not a high possibility."
he laid out the key reason why
Zebari predicted that Miss Rice and Mr Mottaki would
meet in the weeks ahead. "The tension is too high.
Everybody has pushed the envelope to the limit. That is
why there is an impetus to look at some regional,
collective action to stabilise the situation," he
minefield is not only diplomatic but cultural. Miss Rice
and Mr Mottaki will never shake hands because pious
Iranian males will not have physical contact with any
woman to whom they are not married or closely related.
they exchanged slight bows, Miss Rice elegant in her
pearl necklace and navy trouser suit, Mr Mottaki in a
shapeless grey jacket.
Egyptian hosts might have been expected to place the two
ministers at the same table for dinner and allow things
to take their course. But pious Iranian males are
teetotal and would not consider dining at a table where
wine might be available.
the Americans, the key barrier to any meeting is Iran's
insistence on continuing its nuclear programme.
Miss Rice did meet
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