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UPDATED: 08:24, September 29, 2006
U.S. official says nobody does more for Palestinians than Washington
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A U.S. official has said that nobody has done more for the Palestinians than the United States, Kuwait New Agency (KUNA) reported on Thursday.

Adam Ereli, a senior advisor to the U.S. Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy for Overseas Communications, made the remarks in an exclusive interview with KUNA in London.

"The Palestinians have never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity," Ereli was quoted as saying, adding, "Don't blame the U.S. for the failure of the Palestinians to have their own homeland."

Ereli, also a senior spokesman for the U.S. State Department overseas, noted that it is up to the Palestinians and the Israelis to resolve their differences and to get back to negotiations to advance the peace process.

Meanwhile, the U.S. advisor also called on the Palestinians to reach an internal agreement about what kind of outcome they want during negotiations with Israel.

On the violence in Iraq, Ereli ruled out any quick solutions, saying that "It will take some time. It is not going to end overnight."

He added that the U.S. had a new security plan for Baghdad in an effort to stem violence, underlining the need for "a political equation" and an "national reconciliation."

The U.S. official accused Iran of playing a very unhelpful role in Iraq, referring to an alleged Iranian support for "terrorists who wanted to destroy stability, and murder innocent people whether in Syria, Iraq or Lebanon."

Commenting on the U.S.-Kuwaiti relations, Ereli said his country has no better friend or more important partner in the Middle East than Kuwait, according to the report.

Kuwait and the United States has been sharing a common understanding on many issues in the region, said Ereli.

Source: Xinhua

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