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Clinton Hails Arab Spring Movements

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has praised the Arab Spring movements and said the United States is prepared to work with rising Islamist groups in the Middle East, such as those who enjoyed a recent election victory in Tunisia.

In a November 7 speech in Washington, Clinton was quoted as saying that "not all Islamists are alike" and that what is most important is what parties actually do to encourage democracy.

Clinton listed the key criteria any party must meet in a democracy, including the rejection of violence, adherence to the rule of law, and respect for the rights of women and minorities.

She said "the suggestion that faithful Muslims cannot thrive in a democracy is insulting, dangerous, and wrong."

Clinton also acknowledged that the United States sometimes deals differently with pro-reform movements in different countries, saying no situation is the same and that U.S. interests sometimes force Washington to adopt varying positions.

compiled from agency reports

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