G-20 Summit: Laying Groundwork for Progress

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
April 3, 2009
President Obama at London G-20 Summit

Yesterday, after a series of meetings and discussions at the G-20 Summit, President Obama said:"While here in London I had the opportunity to hold bilateral meetings with leaders of Russia, China, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and India, as well as Great Britain. ... [W]e ... discussed coordinated actions on a range of issues: how we could reduce the nuclear threat; how we could forge a coordinated response to North Korea's planned missile launch; how we can turn back terrorism and stabilize Afghanistan; how we can protect our planet from the scourge of climate change. I'm encouraged that we laid the groundwork for real and lasting progress on a host of these issues."

Read President Obama's remarks here.

Comments

Comments

Nancy S.
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Florida, USA
April 3, 2009

Nancy S. in Florida writes:

Am thrilled to see Pres Obama and the first lady Michelle so well received in Europe -- why did Sec of State Hillary Clinton piggyback on their trip? Saw no mention nor reason for her attendance but there she was at Buckingham Palace and in Paris as part of the greeting party -- why? Duplication of planes and costs -- why did she thrust herself into this historic visit? I saw no evidence of her counterparts from the other 19 countries participating -- I saw this as a totally unnecessary self serving appearance by Secretary Clinton -- pls advise. Thank you.

Brian
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California, USA
April 3, 2009

Brian in California writes:

@ Nancy S. - Florida -- Since Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton is the United States Secretary of State and holds the second most powerful position in United States; she is our chief diplomat, so it does only makes prudent sense for Ms. Clinton to be in attendance at these historical events. Madame Secretary Clinton in collaboration with other administration officials are all in these diplomatic efforts together as a team effort.

Have you forgotten the term, 'Smart Power' ?

Tina
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Florida, USA
April 3, 2009

Tina in Florida writes:

Nancy S. from Florida...Secretary Clinton was requested, by the president to accompany him on his travels. This was reported by President Obama's staff. It was her job to do some of the leg work for him before the meetings. So whether you found this trip unnessary for her to take or not...the president wanted her to be there. Anyway she has so much on her plate that she would find being a tag-a-long a waste of time.

palgye
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South Korea
April 4, 2009

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Hi...

to commenters...

all below comment is good but we need more power.

palgye
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South Korea
April 7, 2009

Palgye in South Korea writes:

readed comment.

questioning to you.

what are you doing now? do now? at any, a little?

please respond...(not here, to NoLimits)

hari
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Netherlands
April 4, 2009

Hari in the Netherlands writes:

I think BO did a fantastic job of keeping G20 Heads-of-States together and resolving the basic contradictions on either more stimulus and/or regulation.

What's required now is to remove U.S. Treasury diktat from how Bretton Woods Institutions work in future...and make them literally more transparent and responsible to good governance and legitamacy.

You did a good work in Strasbourg townhouse meeting with youth from France/Germany. Do more of it...in future. Because you're indeed gifted and very good at getting your message across in such a setting.

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