Today, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates appeared on the Sunday morning news shows, including ABC's This Week, CBS's Face the Nation, and NBC's Meet the Press.
Secretary Clinton said, "What we have said is what we've said throughout this extraordinary period of transformation in North Africa and the Middle East. We want to see no violence, we want to see peaceful protest that enables people to express their universal human rights, and we want to see economic and political reform."
Earlier this week, President Barack Obama, Secretary Clinton, and Ambassador Cretz provided an update on the international community's efforts to implement UN Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973, and protect the civilians of Libya. The Secretary also expressed gratitude to Moroccan Foreign Minister Fassi Fihri for Morocco's leadership at the summit in Paris and for Morocco's important role in the Arab League's decision to call for the protection of Libyan civilians.
Also this week, President Obama concluded his five-day trip to Latin America, where he visited Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador. The President said Latin America is "a region on the move, proud of its progress, and ready to assume a greater role in world affairs. And for all these reasons, I believe that Latin America is more important to the prosperity and security of the United States than ever before.”
At the Japanese Embassy in Washington and at a disaster relief shelter in Ishinomaki, Japan, Secretary Clinton and Ambassador Roos, respectively, paid their respects to the people of Japan and pledged U.S. support to help the people of Japan recover and rebuild in the months ahead.
On Tuesday and throughout the week, World Water Day celebrations took place across the globe. In Washington, the Secretary signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the World Bank to strengthen support to developing countries seeking a water secure future, and Under Secretary Otero held a conversation with Harriet Babbitt, Co-Chair of Global Water Challenge, on global water issues. Meanwhile, Embassies Afghanistan, Singapore, India, Ethiopia, and Uzbekistan; and Consulates Shanghai and Guangzhou, held events to honor the day that Foreign Service Officer Daniel Garrett said is a day, where everyone can participate.
Also this week, Secretary Clinton and Ambassador Goosby recognized World Tuberculosis (TB) Day. Secretary Clinton said, "On this World Tuberculosis Day, the United States reaffirms its commitment to fighting this deadly disease. We are supporting programs that are saving lives and fostering a more secure world."
Special Representative Barbara Shailor commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire and highlighted how championing core labor rights internationally serves both our values and our interests.
In Geneva, the United States joined 85 countries in supporting a Joint Statement entitled "Ending Acts of Violence and Related Human Rights Violations Based On Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity," and Special Representative Pandith and Special Envoy Rosenthal took the 2011 Hours Against Hate campaign to Cordoba, Spain.
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Kurt Amend led the U.S. delegation at a meeting of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia at the UN in New York, and Ambassador Dane Smith completed his five-day trip to Darfur.
On the passing of Geraldine Ferraro, Secretary Clinton said, "Gerry Ferraro was one of a kind -- tough, brilliant, and never afraid to speak her mind or stand up for what she believed in -- a New York icon and a true American original."
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