US Ambassador Lays Down Rules for Arab Democracies
"Democracies do not always agree with us," Shapiro explained in a speech at the Globes 2011 Conference for Businesses, "and in the Middle East and North Africa, democracies that emerge may well disagree strongly with US policies. But at the end of the day it is no coincidence that our closest allies throughout the world including the state of Israel are those members of the democratic community of nations. The enduring cooperation we seek in the Middle East will be difficult to sustain without public legitimacy and public consent."
"This goes for political parties across the region, in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and everywhere else," he added.