An update to this previous post. The State Dept. is meeting with, and Hillary Clinton is urging peace with, Islamic terrorists responsible for the deaths of at least two American soldiers. Another whiskey tango foxtrot moment. Hat tip @kabayan
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – (UPDATE) A Moro Islamic Liberation Front official met with a US State Department official six days before State Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton visited the Philippines, a rebel official said in a statement on Saturday.
Muhammad Ameen, chairman of the MILF’s secretariat, said the meeting between Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Scot Marciel – accompanied by US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Leslie Basset, Second Secretary Michael Pignatello and another US official – and Mohagher Iqbal, the MILF’s chief negotiator, took place in Makati City on November 6.
Clinton arrived in the country on November 12 and met with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo the following day, during which she told the President that the US government was willing to help facilitate talks between the government and the MILF.
She also urged the government and the MILF not to waste time in forging a peace agreement before Arroyo’s term ends in 2010.
The MILF had issued a statement urging Clinton to help convince the Arroyo government to sign a peace agreement.
“Clinton can influence and convince the government for the early solution of the Mindanao conflict. When it happens, it will lead to peace and it would be advantage to all of us,” Ghadzali Jaafar, MILF political affairs, said in that statement.
More on the notorious MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) jihadists.
Update: More disturbing but not surprising news via Weasel Zippers:
Manila – US President Barack Obama has sent a letter to the leader of the main Muslim rebel group in the Philippines, a guerrilla official said Saturday.