Iranian-American NGO urges Clinton to boost Iran diplomacy

Tehran, March 21, IRNA - US democtratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has been recommended by the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) to 'double down on Iran diplomacy, not containment'.

'We commend Secretary Clinton for reaffirming her support for the landmark nuclear deal with Iran should she win the presidency, NIAC Action Executive Director Jamal Abdi said in a statement issued following anti-Iranian remarks by foremer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the pro-Zionist American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) annual conference.
'Secretary Clinton played a critical role in supporting the deal during the Congressional review this past summer and she will likely be the only candidate at AIPAC praising the deal,' read the statement, 'The Iranian-American community deeply appreciates her principled position in favor of the deal.'
However, Abdi added, saying that 'Iran's fingerprints are on every conflict in the Middle East' without acknowledging the culpability of some of our closest allies -- a culpability that President Obama openly admits -- socializes our allies into thinking their bad behavior delivers results and they can get away with anything.
At a time when President Obama is seeking to make his historic Iran policy change as irreversible as possible, said the NGO, 'we are concerned by Secretary Clinton downplaying the possibility of a larger diplomatic opening.'
'Rather than following President Obama's lead in acknowledging the challenges while emphasizing the need for diplomacy across the board, Secretary Clinton needlessly reduces the requisite political space to make a peaceful diplomatic opening with Iran come to fruition should the opportunity present itself during her potential presidency.' NIAC also said it was ironic that while US president is in Cuba reaping the fruits of engagement, many of the presidential hopefuls are at AIPAC redoubling on the containment policy that neither produced a breakthrough with Cuba nor Iran.
'Secretary Clinton should take a page from President Obama's playbook and craft her responses accordingly. Any deviation from Obama's prudent and wise rhetoric and diplomacy will risk the significant progress achieved in the past few years,' the statment said.
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