Surprise, surprise Feltman attends the NAM summit

The big surprise  at the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran is the presence of  UN Under Secretary for Political Affairs Jeff Feltman.

Feltman, who until last May served as a top US diplomat, became on Wednesday the most senior current or former American official ever known to meet Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Feltman, the former Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs and former US ambassador to Lebanon met with Iran’s Supreme Leader as part of the entourage accompanying Ban Ki-Moon for meetings in Tehran.

Feltman looks distinctly uncomfortable in a photo released by the Iranian government and, indeed, he should considering the fact that he is the most hated US Politician by Hezbollah , Iran’s brainchild in Lebanon.

During a visit to Lebanon in October 2010 Hezbollah supporters held a rally in Dhahiya, a southern suburb of Beirut ( which is considered a Hezbollah stronghold ) to protest against his visit . A poster of Feltman was displayed and placard read” You are not welcome”.

Feltman did a stellar job as U.S. ambassador to Lebanon from 2004 to 2008. He stepped up to the plate during the Cedar Revolution  which erupted    in 2005 following the assassination of former Lebanese Prime minister Rafik Hariri and helped give the Lebanese a real shot at affirming their freedom and independence from Syrian domination.

Syria is a staunch ally of Iran.

Lebanese observers believes that Feltman’s participation in the summit could indicate that some negotiations of great importance between the Iranians and Americans will likely take place on the sidelines of the summit.

  • Beauty-Full-Lebanon

    US and Iran may at one time shake hands and be friends !!
    Powers may eventually fight , but they give a diplomacy a chance
    Diplomacy and seeking own’s people’s interest,   is a skill Arabs may need to attempt or  learn from other nations , better than quickly resolve to swords

    • Persistent

      I totally agree, I am satisfied with diplomacy let alone “skilful diplomacy” which is a comodity the arabs do not have. Everything has to be resolved through the barrel of a gun or better yet as the old saying goes “agreed not to agree…”.  Sadly, people do not fair any better, just read the exchanges on this site where the synicism is the way while there are no offered solutions, folks are like tigers confined in a cell. I wonder if their efforts are exerted on tolerating each others weirdness and focus on what they have in common by bringing people together as opposed to dividing them, we will all be in a much better place. The funny part is they keep championing these entrenched rulers that keep failing them time and again and always turn the masses against each others in an effort to hide their failures in delivering anything meaningful for their people.

      I for one do not care what your faith is and how you practice it as long as you are a decent, law abiding, loving and respectful individual.

      The future does not look encourging….   but one can always hope or may be pray for a miracle.

       

      • 5thDrawer

        The problem has been with some of those supposed ‘laws’ from ‘above’ which have little to do with respect for the individual.

        • Persistent

          You completely missed my point, I will repeat “only if people do not react so vigorously to the calls of their leaders or rulers, then people from all walks of life would not have this much animosity”.

          I know it is a simplistic approach but I have tried througout my career, with my family and friends and it works!!!

        • 5thDrawer

          I don’t think I missed it completely, Persistent … what you talk about is ‘blind faith’ I think, and who makes those calls but the blind ‘ruler/leaders’? (Ref: blind leading the blind)

        • dateam

          since when has the individual been considered? are laws from above good for some and bad for others? even george bush was qouted as saying that god came to him and told him to invade iraq….further the invasion of iraq empowered iran where was the logic there????we live in an ugly world now where you cant become unless you are allowed to become…now take iran for example….im by no means a fan of the mullahs but look at things from out in….a population of say 80million who have sanctions against it since 1979 and now they are feared because they have advanced? look at the arabs over 100 million and they still cant feed their people….still carrying on like cave men…still cant grasp the idea that strength is in empowerement of the people thru education,commerce,employment,health and well being….shouldnt a population like this have nuclear energy to accomadate its people? who are we to judge when we have a population of 4million and no electricity? in regards to respect there is none anymore…i mean look at some of the comments on this site whether we agree or disagree there is no need to disrespect each other or other faiths or religions….each to their own….we dont even stick to facts we just blurt out racist ignorant comments without any consideration if it were reversed?

      • dateam

        this is the most logical thing i have read on this site in a long time…thank you its good to know thee is some sense out there….

      • $31060015

        Absolutely well said

      • Beauty-Full-Lebanon

        Ignorance , and some ancient negative believes are holding our nations from making changes 

  • Beauty-Full-Lebanon

    US and Iran may at one time shake hands and be friends !!
    Powers may eventually fight , but they give a diplomacy a chance
    Diplomacy and seeking own’s people’s interest,   is a skill Arabs may need to attempt or  learn from other nations , better than quickly resolve to swords

    • Persistent

      I totally agree, I am satisfied with diplomacy let alone “skilful diplomacy” which is a comodity the arabs do not have. Everything has to be resolved through the barrel of a gun or better yet as the old saying goes “agreed not to agree…”.  Sadly, people do not fair any better, just read the exchanges on this site where the synicism is the way while there are no offered solutions, folks are like tigers confined in a cell. I wonder if their efforts are exerted on tolerating each others weirdness and focus on what they have in common by bringing people together as opposed to dividing them, we will all be in a much better place. The funny part is they keep championing these entrenched rulers that keep failing them time and again and always turn the masses against each others in an effort to hide their failures in delivering anything meaningful for their people.

      I for one do not care what your faith is and how you practice it as long as you are a decent, law abiding, loving and respectful individual.

      The future does not look encourging….   but one can always hope or may be pray for a miracle.

       

      • $31060015

        Absolutely well said

      • Beauty-Full-Lebanon

        Ignorance , and some ancient negative believes are holding our nations from making changes 

  • Beauty-Full-Lebanon

    US and Iran may at one time shake hands and be friends !!
    Diplomacy and seeking own’s people’s interest,   is a skill Arabs may need to attempt or  learn from other nations , better than the attitude of swords

    • Persistent

      I totally agree, I am satisfied with diplomacy let alone “skilful diplomacy” which is a comodity the arabs do not have. Everything has to be resolved through the barrel of a gun or better yet as the old saying goes “agreed not to agree…”.  Sadly, people do not fair any better, just read the exchanges on this site where the synicism is the way while there are no offered solutions, folks are like tigers confined in a cell. I wonder if their efforts are exerted on tolerating each others weirdness and focus on what they have in common by bringing people together as opposed to dividing them, we will all be in a much better place. The funny part is they keep championing these entrenched rulers that keep failing them time and again and always turn the masses against each others in an effort to hide their failures in delivering anything meaningful for their people.

      I for one do not care what your faith is and how you practice it as long as you are a decent, law abiding, loving and respectful individual.

      The future does not look encourging….   but one can always hope or may be pray for a miracle.

       

      • 5thDrawer

        The problem has been with some of those supposed ‘laws’ from ‘above’ which have little to do with respect for the individual.

        • Persistent

          You completely missed my point, I will repeat “only if people do not react so vigorously to the calls of their leaders or rulers, then people from all walks of life would not have this much animosity”.

        • 5thDrawer

          I don’t think I missed it completely, Persistent … what you talk about is ‘blind faith’ I think, and who makes those calls but the blind ‘ruler/leaders’? (Ref: blind leading the blind)

        • dateam

          since when has the individual been considered? are laws from above good for some and bad for others? even george bush was qouted as saying that god came to him and told him to invade iraq….further the invasion of iraq empowered iran where was the logic there????we live in an ugly world now where you cant become unless you are allowed to become…now take iran for example….im by no means a fan of the mullahs but look at things from out in….a population of say 80million who have sanctions against it since 1979 and now they are feared because they have advanced? look at the arabs over 100 million and they still cant feed their people….still carrying on like cave men…still cant grasp the idea that strength is in empowerement of the people thru education,commerce,employment,health and well being….shouldnt a population like this have nuclear energy to accomadate its people? who are we to judge when we have a population of 4million and no electricity? in regards to respect there is none anymore…i mean look at some of the comments on this site whether we agree or disagree there is no need to disrespect each other or other faiths or religions….each to their own….we dont even stick to facts we just blurt out racist ignorant comments without any consideration if it were reversed?

      • dateam

        this is the most logical thing i have read on this site in a long time…thank you its good to know thee is some sense out there….

      • AntiFSA

        Absolutely well said

      • Beauty-Full-Lebanon

        Ignorance , and some ancient negative believes are holding our nations from making changes 

  • Constantin7

    This is really a surprise, Feltman in Tehran. Hopefully for the good of the region. This is the only meaningful meeting that could or would result in any measurable results, if any. All the rest of this non-aligned leaders meeting is BS and public relations propaganda for Iran.

    • dateam

      NAM  is made up of 120 countries? what are you trying to say that two thirds of the world are full of shit and only the veto wielding countries of the UN know what they are doing? its like saying that you have a massive corporation and the workers on the ground mean jack shit to you??? dont be blinded by the main stream media

      • Constantin7

        No I am not saying that the opinion of 120 countries is worthless, what I am saying is that they never can agree on anything these 120 countries and their decisions are no more than ink on paper. If they can agree on one policy fine, they just can’t. All of them take into consideration their own interest first (which is normal) at the expense of other nations, without mentioning that each country individually will NEVER do anything that displease a superpower. So these meetings are really useless. For example: Do you think these meetings in Tehran can help the Syrian crisis ? Of course not, just take Egypt and all the countries that side with it, vs. Syria and Iran and the countries that side with it (if any), these 2 groups have complete different opinions on how to solve the Syrian crisis. Therefore, no decision will be taken on this issue. Any decisions will be very general theoretical ones that have no effect whatsoever on the ground.

    • dateam

      NAM  is made up of 120 countries? what are you trying to say that two thirds of the world are full of shit and only the veto wielding countries of the UN know what they are doing? its like saying that you have a massive corporation and the workers on the ground mean jack shit to you??? dont be blinded by the main stream media

  • Constantin7

    This is really a surprise, Feltman in Tehran. Hopefully for the good of the region. This is the only meaningful meeting that could or would result in any measurable results, if any. All the rest of this non-aligned leaders meeting is BS and public relations propaganda for Iran.

    • dateam

      NAM  is made up of 120 countries? what are you trying to say that two thirds of the world are full of shit and only the veto wielding countries of the UN know what they are doing? its like saying that you have a massive corporation and the workers on the ground mean jack shit to you??? dont be blinded by the main stream media

      • Constantin7

        No I am not saying that the opinion of 120 countries is worthless, what I am saying is that they never can agree on anything these 120 countries and their decisions are no more than ink on paper. If they can agree on one policy fine, they just can’t. All of them take into consideration their own interest first (which is normal) at the expense of other nations, without mentioning that each country individually will NEVER do anything that displease a superpower. So these meetings are really useless. For example: Do you think these meetings in Tehran can help the Syrian crisis ? Of course not, just take Egypt and all the countries that side with it, vs. Syria and Iran and the countries that side with it (if any), these 2 groups have complete different opinions on how to solve the Syrian crisis. Therefore, no decision will be taken on this issue. Any decisions will be very general theoretical ones that have no effect whatsoever on the ground.

  • 5thDrawer

    They gave them a less-comfortable couch than in the story of ‘IRAQI PM TO SUBMIT A PLAN TO END SYRIA’S CONFLICT’.

    • hannihabal

      if people opinions were important democracy would have been forbidden decades ago. there is only one joker in thios game and that is USA all ozers r usa pawns

      • 5thDrawer

        Speaking of which ….

        • hannihabal

          everywhere on earth including usa. if u belief usa is a democracy u r duped. democracy is the art of making people belief zey r important while zey r not. cia can change ze polls in usa in 24 hours. ze world is governed by a pyramidal maffia where cia is on top of the pyramid or maybe free masonry or maybe vatican or maybe jewish lobby and ozers all of zese r part of the pyramid in disorder

        • dateam

          well napolean bonepart said famously…totalatarianism has silence so they do what they want….democracies dont so they lie??????

    • hannihabal

      if people opinions were important democracy would have been forbidden decades ago. there is only one joker in thios game and that is USA all ozers r usa pawns

  • 5thDrawer

    They gave them a less-comfortable couch than in the story of ‘IRAQI PM TO SUBMIT A PLAN TO END SYRIA’S CONFLICT’.

    • hannihabal

      if people opinions were important democracy would have been forbidden decades ago. there is only one joker in thios game and that is USA all ozers r usa pawns

      • 5thDrawer

        Speaking of which ….

        • hannihabal

          everywhere on earth including usa. if u belief usa is a democracy u r duped. democracy is the art of making people belief zey r important while zey r not. cia can change ze polls in usa in 24 hours. ze world is governed by a pyramidal maffia where cia is on top of the pyramid or maybe free masonry or maybe vatican or maybe jewish lobby and ozers all of zese r part of the pyramid in disorder

        • dateam

          well napolean bonepart said famously…totalatarianism has silence so they do what they want….democracies dont so they lie??????