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Olmert stands by his version of Rice flap

Olmert stands by his version of Rice flap

Aides say Prime Minister Ehud Olmert stands by his claim that he caused the U.S. to abstain from a U.N. resolution calling for a halt in Gaza fighting.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice negotiated the resolution. Olmert claimed earlier this week that he humiliated Rice by persuading U.S. President Bush to instruct her not to vote for it.
Rice spokesman Sean McCormack has called Olmert's claims "100-percent, totally, completely not true."
But on Wednesday, Olmert aides said the Israeli leader told the story as it happened. Olmert has also claimed that Bush broke off a speech he was giving in Philadelphia to take his call, and that the abstention embarrassed Rice.
The aides spoke on condition of anonymity because the diplomatic matter is sensitive.


Updated : 2021-04-17 11:28 GMT+08:00