Entweder Khalilzad, der US-Botschafter bei der UN, ist tatsaechlich “sometimes-freewheeling”, wie ihn die LA Times nennt oder schon auf der Suche nach seinem naechsten Job, oder er wird von Condoleezza Rice als Versuchsballon benutzt.
Zalmay Khalilzad, America’s U.N. ambassador, joined top Tehran officials in a debate in Switzerland, an unauthorized step.
Zalmay Khalilzad made an unscheduled appearance Saturday at a World Economic Forum discussion of Iran’s controversial nuclear program, whose participants included Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and Mojtaba Samare Hashemi, a top advisor to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Khalilzad did not veer from the U.S. position, but broke rules that permit Bush administration officials to discuss issues with Iranians only under limited circumstances and with advance approval.
“Ambassador Khalilzad’s appearance with the Iranian foreign minister and presidential advisor was not authorized,” said a State Department spokesman, who declined to be identified while discussing a personnel issue. He said officials would speak to Khalilzad about the infraction.
Video of the 78-minute discussion has been posted on the World Economic Forum website and on YouTube. But State Department officials were taken by surprise when they received questions about it Tuesday afternoon.
Iran analysts have speculated that the administration may be extending feelers for a dialogue with Tehran after an intelligence report concluded in December that Iran had halted its nuclear weapons quest in 2003. But Khalilzad’s spokesman said the Davos encounter was not meant to open a conversation with Iran on its nuclear program.