Tehran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki Has No Time for Hillary Clinton
She made a well-received speech at an international security conference that flattered Iran as home to "one of humankind's great civilisations" and she avoided mentioning the word "WikiLeaks". But the two words for which her visit will be best remembered were "Hello minister".
They were directed at Manouchehr Mottaki, her Iranian counterpart, and they were ignored. He was five chairs down from her at dinner, shaking hands with those around him. "I said, 'Hello minister!' and he just turned away," she said.
It was the finale to a grand Iranian snubfest. Earlier, the pair had been waiting for their motorcades. Mrs Clinton offered a greeting. Mr Mottaki offered nothing. Later, he held back his delegation in the conference room to avoid having to meet Mrs Clinton at the door.
Some say Mr Mottaki does not talk to Mrs Clinton because she is a woman, but the main reason is that a divided Iran has agreed on one thing: it has nothing to gain from meaningful dialogue with the US...
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