Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Meets With Ukrainian Foreign Minister Gryshchenko

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
July 2, 2010
Secretary Clinton participates in the Close Strategic Partnership Discussion with Ukraine Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko
Secretary Clinton in a Meeting with Ukraine Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko
Secretary Clinton and Ukraine Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko Share a Moment of Silence at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Secretary Clinton and Ukraine Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko Lay Flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Secretary Clinton Walks with with Ukraine Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko
Secretary Clinton and Ukraine Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko Speak to the Press
Secretary Clinton Shakes Hands with Ukraine Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko

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On Friday, July 2, 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Secretary Clinton said,"We just had a very constructive and comprehensive discussion about a broad range of issues that are of concern to both Ukraine and the United States as well as the region and globally. I think that the commitment that has been made by the president and the government to strengthening and advancing democracy and democratic institutions is very important and I commend the government for those commitments. It is important, obviously, to translate commitments into actions, which is part of the reform agenda that the Government of Ukraine is pursuing.

"The United States believes strongly in Ukraine's future and we think a vibrant democracy, as evidenced by the recent election, which involved a high level of debate and discussion of the issues about Ukraine's future is a very good sign of the potential that exists for Ukraine's development. And we think a vibrant, transparent market economy with clear rules is also essential to create the benefits of broadly based prosperity.

"The United States will continue to raise concerns about freedom of the media, about freedom of assembly, because we believe, from our own experience, that it's important for the government to make the kind of commitment that this government has made and to follow through on it. But our strategic partnership is very deep and it's broadening and strengthening. The foreign minister and I agreed that we will meet again later in the year for the next installment of the specific, concrete actions that we are working on together in our strategic partnership. And democracy, rule of law will be issues, as will energy, investment, climate, security, and all the other important matters that we are discussing."

Read the Secretary's full remarks here.

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