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Clinton Says Arab Leaders Face Extremism Without Reforms

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures as she talks during the Forum for the Future conference in Doha, Qatar, 13 Jan. 2011

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has told a forum of Arab leaders in Qatar to enact economic and political reforms or face increased unrest and extremism.

Clinton spoke Thursday in the capital, Doha, as she wrapped up a four-nation tour of the Persian Gulf.

The top U.S. diplomat said if leaders do not offer young people "meaningful ways to contribute," then others are ready to fill the void.

Clinton said extremists and terrorist groups "who would prey on desperation and poverty" are already appealing for influence.

She also called for an end to corruption and for increased economic opportunities for women and minorities.

Clinton said the "new and dynamic Middle East" needs a firmer foundation in order to grow.

Her tour also included stops in Oman, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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