Secretary Clinton Meets With Australian Foreign Minister Rudd

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
September 17, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton held a bilateral meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd in the Treaty Room on September 17, 2010. The Secretary welcomed her colleague and friend back to the Department of State in his new capacity as foreign minister, and highlighted the long and deep relationship between the United States and Australia. Secretary Clinton emphasized that their meeting was a continuation of the extraordinary partnership between the countries.

The Secretary announced that she will be traveling to Australia for the first time as Secretary of State in November. She will travel with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to participate in the Australia-U.S. ministerial, where they will meet with their Australian counterparts, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Defense Minister Stephen Smith. This year will mark the 25th anniversary of the first such meeting between the United States and Australia.

Secretary Clinton thanked the foreign minister for Australia's continuing sacrifice and contributions in Afghanistan. She said that they discussed a wide variety of issues, including the dire humanitarian crisis occurring in Pakistan. Secretary Clinton said, "The minister arrived here from Pakistan, where he surveyed the damage from the devastating floods. And he and I will both be attending a meeting about Pakistan at the beginning of the United Nations General Assembly week on Sunday night. What Australia has done in terms of its commitment to Pakistan is exemplary, and now we have to make sure that the money gets to the people and alleviates the suffering that they are experiencing and helps with the reconstruction."

She continued, "There are so many matters that are of mutual interest, from developing new technologies for clean energy to addressing climate change, halting nuclear proliferation, countering the threat of terrorism, and so much else. So I am delighted to have renewed my partnership and friendship with Kevin."

You can read the Secretary's full remarks here.



Pamela G.
West Virginia, USA
September 20, 2010

Pamela G. in West Virginia writes:

It is wonderful when world leaders are able to collaborate so easily on issues that matter so much worldwide. The Austrailians show us what true allies they have been and continue to be.

Sarah G.
District Of Columbia, USA
September 20, 2010

Sarah G. in Washington DC writes:

Right on, @Pamela G.. The Aussies are our true friends. I'd love to travel with the Secretary when she heads down under.

South Korea
September 20, 2010

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New Mexico, USA
January 2, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

To Foreign Minister Rudd, c/o Dipnote bloggers and the US Dept. of State;


Dear Sir,

I thought perhaps it was an exaggeration when the flooding in Queensland was described as of "Biblical proportions", until I became aware that the total area affected was comparable to France and Germany combined.

Come Monday morning, I suspect that the State Dept. will have a donation link up and running as they did for Pakistan and Haiti.

I'm not sure that will cut it, so in writing this I got the seeds of an idea in which our two nations can help each other out.

See I've been in construction 30 years and the economy has made me bored silly for far too long with not enough work to do, and I bet there's at least a million or more of my fellow blue collar workers in the same boat right about now. We're all awaiting Spring for an economic recovery.

Now I figure in your nation's recovery effort money won't be the bottleneck, it will be a lack of manpower and equipment to deal with the vastness of the problem folks are facing.

Personally, I've always wanted to get down under just to see some roos hopping about, and the State Dept has this idea of creating an effective civilian component to it's nation building efforts in partnership with other nations facing disaster and/or conflict.

So how do we get a lot of bored constuction workers and idle heavy equipment to you so you can put us to good use?

Well, assuming America will be as generous in their donations as in the past disasters, that will at least pay for shipping, handling, and per diem I would think.

Where there's a will, there's a way to pay for it.

I think the Sec. of State would get a lot of volunteers if she put out a call for folks, with temp visa issued by your gov and a little ingenuity on my government's part, along the lines of an impromptu CCC corps and USAID coordination with the US navy and/or shipping lines to get us and our gear there.

I'm not suggesting we invade you to help you (chuckle), think of it rather as a massive working vacation for the Yanks ok?

Gotta keep the skills honed sharp anyway, which is hard to do in an idle economy and the dead of winter besides.

Hopefully someone at State will read this and pass it onward and upward to you because it might just inspire folks to flesh out this idea and implement it at the highest level of our government, with your gov.'s permission of course.

I'd like to add a closing thought in that after having been "Katrina"d, we are in America, all Queenslanders now.

Best regards,



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