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US Rescinds Iran July 4th Invitations

From Agence France-Pressee:

US rescinds July 4 invitations to Iran diplomats

Wed Jun 24

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States said it has rescinded invitations to Iranian diplomats to attend July 4 parties at US embassies, following the violent suppression of protests in Iran.

"Unfortunately, circumstances have changed, and participation by Iranian diplomats would not be appropriate in light of the unjust actions that the president and I have condemned," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a cable to US diplomatic mission abroad…

The State Department said the new cable sent out under Clinton’s name directed the diplomatic missions "to rescind all invitations that have been extended to Iranian diplomats for July 4th events."

"For invitations which have been extended, posts should make clear that Iranian participation is no longer appropriate in the current circumstances. For invitations which have not been extended, no further action is needed," it said.

Earlier, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs had said invitations to the July 4 parties would no longer be extended, but not that those already issued had been rescinded…

On Monday, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly had said there was no thought of rescinding the invitations to Iranian diplomats.

"We have made a strategic decision to engage on a number of fronts with Iran," Kelly said. "We tried many years of isolation, and we’re pursuing a different path now." …

So much for their vaunted ‘hot dog diplomacy.’

At least for now.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 25th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “US Rescinds Iran July 4th Invitations”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Does this mean I don’t have to bring my badminton set?

  2. canary says:

    This is another example where Ahmadman’s actions are not what pressured Obama to rescind the invitation. He started looking bad in front of Americans. It’s difficult for Obama to pretend he likes America. What right does any murderer and head chopper have to celebrate America’s Independence. And I’ll bet Obama blows off firecrackers hurting the environment.

    And how come Obama’s house he build from the property he bought criminal Rezko, was not green friendly, but he acting like a greenie. Pelosi said millions of jobs will be created. Will they hire all the workers who will lose their jobs. If it was so easy, then Obama, Gore, and these idiots should be smart enough to come up with the new energy.

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