Topic: Former

Sort: Date | Title | Views | Sort Descending
View:

‘We are not going to elect a dictator,’ says former Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa

Added by 4 years ago

0 Views0 Comments

Egypt is not “going to elect a dictator,” Former Foreign Minister Amr Moussa told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday as Egyptians went to the polls. Former Egyptian military chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is expected to win the presidency. “We are not going to elect a dictator,” Moussa said. “We are going to elect a president under the stipulations of a constitution.” His comments came in response to a statement by el-Sisi’s sole opponent, Hamdeen Sabahi, that if elected he would release “all the innocent people who were convicted according to this unconstitutional law” – referring to a controversial demonstration law enacted last year. “He said I am going to release all innocent people, meaning that he's not going to release the non-innocent people,” Moussa said. “And who determined that? Only the courts can determine that.”

Afghanistan should sign U.S. security deal, presidential candidate and former foreign minister Zalmai Rassoul tells Amanpour

Added by 4 years ago

0 Views0 Comments

Afghanistan should sign an agreement that would keep some U.S. troops in the country after 2014, Afghan presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday. “I hope and I'm confident that the zero option will not be an option,” Rassoul said. Leaving no U.S troops after 2014 is “not a good option for Afghanistan and therefore for the United States,” he said. Rassoul, an establishment figure and former foreign minister, did not directly criticize President Hamid Karzai, who has refused to sign such a deal. Afghanistan’s Loya Jirga, or grand assembly, has endorsed the security deal. The Obama administration announced earlier this week that it had warned Afghanistan that it has started planning for a possible withdrawal of all U.S. troops by the end of the year if no security agreement is signed. Rassoul said that he did not believe Afghanistan was at risk of breaking out into civil war, and that the Afghan national security forces are “well trained” and “ready to defend Afghanistan.” Nonetheless, he admitted that they are “not yet well equipped.” “They are suffering from that. They need better equipment, training and advice.”

Former Iraqi Foreign Minister: ‘Maliki himself and some of his associates do not realize how big is the threat’

Added by 3 years ago

0 Views0 Comments

The rise of Haider al-Abadi to the Prime Minister's office has been applauded around the world and across Iraqi party lines. The general consensus has been that with his tenure so too shall come a more inclusive government. Former Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari told the program that more involvment the country's many factions is a pivotal factor in the struggle against ISIS. "To be truly representative of the Iraqi communities, nationalities, sexes. It is very important to defeat ISIS." He told the program that in Iraq's current position, the nation needs "a democratic, a representative, an inclusive government to reach out to all communities and fight back." When asked why the current government, under the incumbent Prime Minister Maliki, had faltered in it's response to the current crisis, the former Foreign Minister said a lack of speed was due to a failure to realize the extent of the ISIS threat. He told Fred Pleitgen, in for Christiane Amanpour, that "Maliki himself and some of his associates do not realize how big is the threat." "You don't get that sense of urgency or the need to move or to make concessions in order to save the country from total collapse."

Likelihood of China/Japan warfare rising, warns former State Division authentic

Added by 4 years ago

0 Views0 Comments

Tensions between China and Japan, at their worst in half a century, are making conflict “much more likely now than it’s probably been in years,” the former top U.S. State Department official for East Asia told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. If a conflict were to break out, Kurt Campbell said, it would likely be a “small skirmish, probably easily contained.” But the larger context, of "what is really the two great countries of Asia, China and Japan" is hard to ignore. "Tensions between the two countries are greater now than they've been probably in a half century." The two countries have long been loggerheads over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea – the Chinese call them Diaoyu and the Japanese call them Senkaku. The heat was turned up, however, when China declared an “Air Defense Identification Zone” over the chain of islands. The U.S. military responded by sending two unarmed B-52 bombers through the heart of the contested airspace. America must make clear to China, Campbell said, that the drawing of a military air zone “is deeply provocative.”

Former Vice President reacts

Added by 4 years ago

0 Views0 Comments

Exclusive: Dick Cheney calls reduction of Army 'dangerous'

Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford: I could no longer ‘defend the American policy’

Added by 4 years ago

0 Views0 Comments

The Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria, who left his post just a month ago, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday that he could no longer stand behind his government. “I was no longer in a position where I felt I could defend the American policy,” he said. “We have been unable to address either the root causes of the conflict in terms of the fighting on the ground and the balance on the ground, and we have a growing extremism threat.” Ford left Syria in February 2012 amid the escalating civil war. He remained ambassador until earlier this year; the embassy has been extremely active on social media. Syria is holding presidential elections on Tuesday, but ballots are only being cast in areas controlled by President Bashar al-Assad, and his only two opponents were government-approved. “There really is nothing we can point to that’s been very successful in our policy except the removal of about ninety-three percent of some of Assad’s chemical materials. But now he’s using chlorine gas against his opponents.”

Former UN leader issues rare apology

Added by 4 years ago

0 Views0 Comments

Colin Keating, former president of the UN Security Council and New Zealand Ambassador, apologized Wednesday for the lack of UN involvement in the Rwandan genocide. Jeannette Kagame, the current First Lady of Rwanda, and activist and actress, Grace Hightower De Niro, join Tamron Hall to discuss empowering women in Rwanda.

Former defense secretary on new book

Added by 4 years ago

0 Views0 Comments

Cable exclusive: Robert Gates on why he's critical of Obama

Former British Commander: ‘We created Iraq,’ now we have to help fix it

Added by 3 years ago

0 Views0 Comments

A highly respected former British commander on Thursday said that the UK had a responsibility to help put Iraq back together again. “Britain created Iraq in 1920,” Col. Tim Collins told CNN’s Hala Gorani, in for Christiane Amanpour, on Thursday. “It’s hard to say at this moment is there such a nation as Iraq.” There must be a strong diplomatic effort to create a more “balanced country;” an effort to supply the Kurds with equipment, ammunition, and training; and an effort to get Sunni tribes on board with fighting ISIS, itself an extremist Sunni group.

Former lawmaker on jobs in America

Added by 4 years ago

0 Views0 Comments

Rick Santorum talks new book 'Blue Collar Conservatives'

Former Exxon exec takes on fracking

Added by 4 years ago

0 Views0 Comments

Chris Hayes welcomes Lou Allstadt, former EVP of Mobil Oil, who wrote an open letter to ExxonMobile CEO Rex Tillerson.

Former NYC mayor reacts

Added by 4 years ago

0 Views0 Comments

Rudy Giuliani: ObamaCare site security is 'damaging'

Page 1 of 812345...Last »