Outgoing Christopher says Mideast peace was top priority
January 17, 1997
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- As he bids farewell to the Clinton administration, Secretary of State Warren Christopher credits U.S. leadership with helping him make substantial diplomatic progress during his tenure.
As he prepared to leave office Friday, Christopher talked to CNN's Steve Hurst about the instrumental role he played in key world events over the past four years, particularly the end of the 43-month war in Bosnia.
However, Christopher says working to establish peace in the Middle East was one of his priorities.
"What we've done in the Middle East has been tremendously progressive in the sense of what's happened there. I don't regret spending a minute that I did (there)," Christopher said.
President Clinton has praised Christopher for his contributions. In an unwitting turn of events, the secretary of state is leaving just as Israeli troops begin to withdraw from Hebron, the last West Bank city under Israeli control.
"I think it is fair to say, without bugling too much, that there has been more progress there in the last four years than in any comparable four-year period," he said.
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