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Madame Secretary Clinton to Attend Berlin Wall Anniversary…

In foreign policy, Germany, Global News, Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton, Politics on October 16, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Hillary in BlueUS President Barack Obama has shelved his plans to attend festivities marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will reportedly take his place at the Nov. 9 celebrations.

Germany is going to have to wait longer than expected for US President Barack Obama’s first official visit. Citing government sources in Berlin, Reuters reported on Friday that Obama will not attend the anniversary festivities marking two decades since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The event will take place on Nov. 9 — just two days before Obama embarks on a long-planned trip to Asia on Nov. 11.

According to the German television channel n-tv, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will stand in for the president. It is considered unlikely that her husband, the former President Bill Clinton, will accompany her.

Berlin is going all out for the anniversary, with such luminaries as Kofi Annan, Mikhail Gorbachev and Lech Walesa expected to be in attendance. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pushing hard to complete ongoing coalition negotiations soon so that her government is fully formed in time for the festivities.

Despite Obama’s absence, however, Merkel will get some face time with the US president in early November. She is planning to travel to Washington and will be addressing a joint session of US Congress on Nov. 3.

Obama has not visited Berlin since taking power. He was in Germany briefly in June, when he made stops in Dresden and at the Buchenwald concentration camp memorial. It was during that trip that Merkel extended the invitation for Obama to help Germany celebrate the fall of the Wall.

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US, the beneficiary of Hillary’s goodwill and expertise..

In fabulous women, foreign policy, Germany, Global News, Madame Secretary Clinton, Smart Power on April 4, 2009 at 7:02 pm

HILLARY STUNNINGLY GORGEOUS IN BADEN-BADEN…
WHO CAN REFUSE THIS BEAUTIFUL LADY?

U.S. Foreign Minister Hillary Clinton gets out of the car in Baden-Baden, Germany, Friday, April 3, 2009. U.S. President Barack Obama meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the occasion of the 60th anniversary NATO summit that takes place in Strasbourg, France and in Baden-Baden and Kehl, Germany from Friday, April 3 to Saturday, April 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

U.S. Foreign Minister Hillary Clinton gets out of the car in Baden-Baden, Germany, Friday, April 3, 2009. U.S. President Barack Obama meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the occasion of the 60th anniversary NATO summit that takes place in Strasbourg, France and in Baden-Baden and Kehl, Germany from Friday, April 3 to Saturday, April 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier shake hands with peoples at a market place near the town hall in Baden-Baden, April 3, 2009. Obama called for a world without nuclear weapons on Friday after arriving in France for a NATO summit, where he won French endorsement of his new Afghanistan strategy. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY POLITICS MILITARY)
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier shake hands with peoples at a market place near the town hall in Baden-Baden, April 3, 2009. Obama called for a world without nuclear weapons on Friday after arriving in France for a NATO summit, where he won French endorsement of his new Afghanistan strategy. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY POLITICS MILITARY)

BADEN BADEN, GERMANY - APRIL 03:  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives at the opening of the NATO summit at the Kurhaus on April 3, 2009 in Baden Baden, Germany. Heads of state, foreign ministers and defence ministers of the 28 NATO member countries are participating in the summit from April 3-4 in Strasbourg, Kehl and Baden Baden to mark the 60th anniversary of the transatlantic military and political organization.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

BADEN BADEN, GERMANY - APRIL 03: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives at the opening of the NATO summit at the Kurhaus on April 3, 2009 in Baden Baden, Germany. Heads of state, foreign ministers and defence ministers of the 28 NATO member countries are participating in the summit from April 3-4 in Strasbourg, Kehl and Baden Baden to mark the 60th anniversary of the transatlantic military and political organization. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) speaks with German Vice-Chancellor and Foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (L) and German Defence minister Franz Josef Jung as they arrive in the western German town of Baden-Baden on April 3, 2009. Obama and Merkel met for bilateral talks ahead of the two-day NATO summit. AFP PHOTO DDP / MICHAEL URBAN (Photo credit should read MICHAEL URBAN/AFP/Getty Images)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) speaks with German Vice-Chancellor and Foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (L) and German Defence minister Franz Josef Jung as they arrive in the western German town of Baden-Baden on April 3, 2009. Obama and Merkel met for bilateral talks ahead of the two-day NATO summit. AFP PHOTO DDP / MICHAEL URBAN (Photo credit should read MICHAEL URBAN/AFP/Getty Images)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) walks to her car after attending a US-French meeting on April 3, 2009 at the Palais Rohan in Strasbourg, eastern France. The summit, which marks the organisation's 60th anniversary, is taking place on April 3 and 4, 2009 in Strasbourg and the neighbouring German cities of Baden-Baden and Kehl. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) walks to her car after attending a US-French meeting on April 3, 2009 at the Palais Rohan in Strasbourg, eastern France. The summit, which marks the organisation's 60th anniversary, is taking place on April 3 and 4, 2009 in Strasbourg and the neighbouring German cities of Baden-Baden and Kehl. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waves as she arrives for a cultural event at the Kurhaus during the NATO summit in Baden-Baden, April 3, 2009. The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) military alliance is celebrating its 60th anniversary this week at a summit co-hosted by Germany and France.     REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY POLITICS MILITARY)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waves as she arrives for a cultural event at the Kurhaus during the NATO summit in Baden-Baden, April 3, 2009. The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) military alliance is celebrating its 60th anniversary this week at a summit co-hosted by Germany and France. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY POLITICS MILITARY)

Heads of Europe laud SOS Clinton’s work..

In economy, Germany, Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton, Milibrand, Steinmeier, United Kingdom, Washington, WordPress Political Blogs, WordPress.com Political Bloggers Alliance on February 4, 2009 at 1:13 pm

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Issues Facing the United Kingdom, the United States and the World

February 03, 2009
Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State
Remarks With British Foreign Secretary David Miliband After Their Meeting
Washington, DC

SECRETARY CLINTON: Hello. I’m delighted to welcome back to the State Department a friend and someone with whom we have a very positive working relationship, Foreign Secretary David Miliband. Our two countries have stood side by side confronting global challenges for a very long time, and we’ve just had a substantive, broad-based discussion about a number of issues that are facing both the United Kingdom and the United States and the world.

I think it is fair to say, and I would underscore this, that we share fundamental values and important fundamental objectives. It ranges across the fight against terrorism and combating the spread of weapons of mass destruction, to working together to solve the current global financial crisis and ensure that the benefits of a renewed global economy are spread widely. We’ve worked together and will continue to deepen our working relationship in combating poverty and disease, and confronting global climate change.

I also want to thank the Foreign Secretary and Her Majesty’s government for the sacrifice and commitment of the British troops who put their lives on the line day in and day out. I’m particularly grateful for the work that they do in Afghanistan, and we’re going to be working closely together in the weeks and months ahead along with our other NATO allies to enhance our support for the people of Afghanistan.

We’re working together also in Pakistan. And as you know, the President and I have appointed a special representative to that region because we see those two countries as linked together. And we want to forge a positive relationship, and we know that the United Kingdom shares that approach.

We have pledged again to join efforts to achieve a comprehensive solution to the conflict in the Middle East, and our combined effort and energies will be directed to that end.


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Issues That Affect Germany, the United States and the International Community

Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State

Remarks With German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier After Their Meeting

Washington, DC

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, good afternoon. I’m very pleased to be here today with Foreign Minister Steinmeier. We have had an excellent and broad discussion. Germany is one of our closest allies, and we greatly value opportunities like today to discuss the issues that affect our nations and the international community as a whole.

I conveyed to the Foreign Minister this afternoon our deep appreciation for everything Germany has done for the people of Afghanistan and for its continued commitment to this important effort. As President Obama has made quite clear, we need our closest allies, like Germany, to help us ensure the success and stability of the Afghanistan nation at this very important moment.

We also discussed Iran. The United States and Germany must work together to ensure that Iran fulfills its obligations to the international community. President Obama has signaled his intention to support tough and direct diplomacy with Iran, but if Tehran does not comply with United Nations Security Council and IAEA mandates, there must be consequences. The United States, Germany, and our EU partners must coordinate closely to obtain the best possible outcomes.

We also discussed the situation in the Middle East and the importance of coordination between our countries to ensure that the ceasefire that is being worked toward in Gaza is sustainable.

We discussed a broad range of issues, including what we see as the need to work constructively and develop a common approach with Russia in the coming months on issues like Afghanistan, Iran, Georgia, and others.

You know, the longstanding and enduring German-American relationship is close and firm. And as our meeting today made clear, we rely on Germany’s support and assistance to face global challenges together. And so it is my sincere hope – and my delight that I was able to welcome the Foreign Minister here today. I look forward to working with him on a personal basis and on behalf of our two countries to make the kind of progress that he and I and we all share and hope to see occur.

Thank you so much.

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