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By Michael P. Orsi
Edward Snowden should declare his patriotism in court
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Donald Gips
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will meet Tuesday with South African leaders in the capital, Pretoria, amid somewhat strained relations between the two democratic nations.
South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool implied that intolerance among the country's black majority led to his dismissal in 2008 as the premier of the picturesque Western Cape province, when he met U.S. Ambassador Donald Gips in 2009.
"Sometimes we are on the same page, as with HIV and piracy; sometimes we differ in our take on debates at the United Nations," he said. "But there is nothing we cannot discuss openly with each other, and that is the real measure of friendship."
"We have excellent relations, but that doesn't mean we agree on everything, and this is what makes the link so special," Mr. Gips told The Washington Times on Monday.