Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met today with French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe at the Department of State. After their meeting, Secretary Clinton said:
"...Let me begin by expressing how delighted I am to have been able to welcome Minister Juppe to Washington again. He is no stranger to Washington, and I am delighted to be working with him. We just recently met in Paris, and I know that we will meet again in a few days' time in Abu Dhabi. So we are very closely coordinating, and I appreciate greatly that on this very important 67th anniversary of D-Day, the Minister will visit the World War II Memorial to lay a wreath and to present the French Legion of Honor to three American veterans who fought for freedom that day. It is a very poignant reminder of our past solidarity, as today is a reaffirmation of our present and future solidarity.
"And we work together with France in so many areas. France just very successfully hosted the G8, and I am very grateful to the Minister and his government. We also discussed our work together in Afghanistan, where our young men and women are working side by side. I expressed regret for the death of a French corporal, who was taking part in a reconnaissance operation; yet another very tragic reminder of French sacrifices in this ongoing effort."
Secretary Clinton continued, "...the Minister and I also discussed the Middle East Peace Process, and we are certainly committed to working together with the Israelis and the Palestinians to reach a peaceful, mutually beneficial outcome. On so many areas, French leadership, from Cote d'Ivoire to the Middle East and North Africa to Afghanistan and far beyond, is absolutely essential, and I'm very proud of this partnership and very grateful to have this opportunity, once again, to explore the very comprehensive agenda that we share."
You can read the Secretary's full remarks with Foreign Minister Juppe here.