Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Arab-Americans Meet with Colin Powell

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Arab-Americans Meet with Colin Powell

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ARAB-AMERICANS MEET WITH COLIN POWELL

Twenty representatives of 15 Arab- and Muslim-American organizations met with Secretary of State Colin Powell at the State Department on March 13. In a briefing closed to the press, Arab Americans said they had expressed their concern to Powell about his remarks the previous week when he called Jerusalem the capital of Israel. Powell reportedly told the group, which included the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee's Ziad Asali and Khalil Jahshan and the Arab American Institute's James Zogby and George Salem, that his comments did not reflect U.S. policy on Jerusalem, which remains unchanged. He reportedly acknowledged he had inadvertently mischaracterized U.S. policy. The group, which also included the Islamic Institute's Talat Othman and Khaled Saffuri, said Powell reiterated that the final status of Jerusalem must be determined by direct negotiation between the two parties.

Arab Americans also said they'd urged the secretary to press Israel to lift the siege imposed on Palestinians in the occupied territories. …

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