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Hillary celebrates Republic of Haiti’s Independence Day

In Haiti, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on December 31, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Press Statement

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Secretary of State, Washington, DC
December 30, 2010

On behalf of President Obama and the people of United States, I join with the people of the Republic of Haiti to honor the 207th anniversary of your independence this January 1.

When Haiti cast off the bonds of slavery and declared its freedom from France in 1804, it made history, setting a precedent for independence in Latin America and creating the first post-colonial black-led nation in the world. Today, we see the courage of that struggle – from the leadership of Jean Jacques Dessalines and Toussaint L’Ouverture to the strength and unity of the Haitian people – reflected in Haiti’s response to the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010. In the wake of a disaster that took the lives of more than 200,000 people, Haitians and volunteers from more than 140 nations came together overnight to pull survivors from the rubble and administer critical care and assistance. I witnessed this testament to our common humanity first hand in the days immediately following the earthquake, and I have seen it grow throughout the year as countries around the world continue to help Haiti recover and rebuild.

Despite all Haiti has endured, Haitians have shown an unflagging strength, will, and passion to forge ahead and build a more prosperous nation. The people and Government of the United States stand firmly with the people of Haiti, and we are committed to helping ensure that your voice determines the way forward for your nation and government. We will continue deepening the partnership and friendship between our nations to achieve a brighter future for all our people.

I wish all Haitians a happy Independence Day and New Year. I look forward to working with you to make 2011 a year filled with peace and progress.


Secretary Clinton, a speech on Middle East policy

In HILLARY 2012, Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton, Middle East Peace Agreement on December 13, 2010 at 5:37 am

Secretary Clinton will be giving a speech on Middle East policy at 8 p.m. Friday evening at the Brookings Institution here in D.C. The speech will be part of the forum on “U.S.-Israeli Relations: Facing Hard Choices,” to be put on by the think tank’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy.

The State Department’s news release states that the fourm “will focus on the critical decisions that American and Israeli leaders will confront in the coming year to move the Israeli-Palestinian peace process forward, as well as deal with Iran’s nuclear challenge.”

Sadly, the Middle East peace process is deadlocked, though Clinton met with chief Israeli negotiator Yitzhak Molho yesterday to get “a perspective on the Israeli side of how to move forward,” according to State Department spokesman Philip Crowley.

It’ll be interesting to see what she says after this rough week for the peace process.