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Albright says US must overcome loss of trust from Arab World

Former US secretary of state says trust has eroded among Arab nations since the Iraq war.

Washington // Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said the US must overcome a loss of trust from Arab nations that’s developed since the Iraq war.

“In many different ways, there was an erosion of trust in terms of what we were doing there,” Ms Albright said of the Iraq war in a session on Thursday at “The Year Ahead: 2014,” a two- day conference in Chicago hosted by Bloomberg LP.

The decision to invade Iraq in 2003 and US handling of the wave of popular unrest known as the Arab Spring that began in late 2010 have complicated US efforts to overcome Arab scepticism about American intentions on Iran, Ms Albright said. Israel’s doubts about efforts to seek a compromise with Iran over its nuclear programme are shared by Arab allies of the US such as Saudi Arabia.

“The politics here have to do with a lack of trust, and the politics there clearly do,” she said. “And this is going to be a long process.”

* Bloomberg