Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Participates in North American Foreign Ministers Meeting

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
December 14, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to Canada to participate in the North American Foreign Ministers Meeting on December 13, 2010, in Wakefield, Quebec.

The meeting is an important forum for identifying trilateral priorities and ways the United States, Canada, and Mexico can collaborate as partners. In the trilateral sessions, Secretary Clinton, Minister Cannon, and Secretary Espinosa discussed key issues that Canada, the United States, and Mexico face individually and as a region. Following the meeting, Secretary Clinton said:

"It"s a real pleasure for me to join Foreign Minister Cannon and Foreign Secretary Espinosa for the 2010 North American Foreign Ministers Meeting. I want to thank Foreign Minister Cannon and his staff for hosting us here in Quebec and also for the excellent collaboration that we have had over the course of our respective positions working together.

"I also want to commend Foreign Secretary Espinosa for the excellent leadership that she and Mexico provided for the recently concluded Cancun Climate Conference. This was a very significant outcome, and it will be important going forward to build on the work and agreement that was reached in Cancun, and it validates the international approach towards solving these very significant global problems. So I really want to express my admiration and gratitude to her.

"As Minister Cannon just summarized, the three of us had a very productive discussion today across a wide range of issues, and I want to say first and foremost that the partnership between Canada, Mexico, and the United States is of critical importance. To each of our countries, it goes without saying: We're not only neighbors, but we bear leadership responsibilities and we care deeply about our neighbors and the global community as a whole.

"The work we do together every day -- whether it is to drive economic progress, or strengthen our security, or address urgent problems such as climate change or violent extremism in places like Afghanistan, or narco-traffickers or pandemic disease -- has a profound impact on every level: locally, regionally, and globally. No partnership means more to the United States or to the hundreds of millions of North American citizens whose lives and futures are increasingly intertwined.

"So I appreciate once again this opportunity to affirm and deepen our ties. We have a very robust, comprehensive agenda that we're working on together that we will be following up on, and I look forward to continue working closely with my North American counterparts to achieve a safer, more secure, and more prosperous North America region and world."

You can read the full transcript of remarks here.

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