US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, heading for a weekend trip to the troubled Middle East, said Friday she would work with allies in the region to help create conditions for "stability and lasting peace."
She ruled out a quick cease-fire as a "false promise" and defended her decision not to talk to officials from Hizbullah or Syria.
"Syria knows what it needs to do and Hizbullah is the source of the problem," Rice said at the State Department as she outlined US hopes for a diplomatic solution to the current crisis.
Rice said she was meeting not only with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert but also with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as well as with allies at a gathering in Rome.
Rice, Mideast-bound, says cease-fire now is pointless
Associated Press, July 22, 2006
Well, I really doubt Abbas can influence the situation in Lebanon. So in essense this trip is largely a show of non-diplomacy by the America's top diplomat. Remind me, what is it we are paying her salary and expenses for?