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Clinton denies attack on Obama's foreign policy

MARTHA'S VINEYARD, Massachusetts--Hillary Clinton on Tuesday denied attacking U.S. President Barack Obama over his foreign policy in Syria and Iraq, insisting she was looking forward to "hugging it out" with the U.S. leader when they meet at a party later this week.

The former secretary of state was widely interpreted to be distancing herself from Obama ahead of a possible 2016 election run on Sunday, when she blamed the rise of Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria on failures of his administration.

However a spokesman for Clinton said Tuesday the former top U.S. diplomat had called Obama to clear the air over the remarks, insisting she was not assailing his leadership.

"Earlier today, the secretary called President Obama to make sure he knows that nothing she said was an attempt to attack him, his policies or his leadership," Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said.

Merrill said Clinton and Obama had "honest differences" on some issues, including Syria.

"Some are now choosing to hype those differences but they do not eclipse their broad agreement on most issues," he said.

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