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Friday, May 7, 2010

Their Dinner with Mottaki

The Iranian delegation to the United Nations went and invited the UN Security Council to dinner with Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki. Other than China, the Permanent Five were represented below the Ambassadorial level. Still, lower level US diplomats showed.

Iran's rather forward, aggressive self-defense on the nuclear issue continues. For all of Ahmadinejad's frequently buffoonish behavior, somebody out there knows how to spin. Westerners have eaten their bread and salt. Hospitality trumps hostility. BBC here. AP here.
Ha'aretz here drawing from Reuters but emphasizing the US was present.

It will probably draw squawks from the Bomb Iran folks, but a member of the United Nations invited members of the Security Council to dinner, and evcrybody went. We sent lower ranking folks, but we didn't boycott. So?

How was the dinner?

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