Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird at the Department of State on August 4, 2011. After their meeting, Secretary Clinton said:
"...I want to express, on behalf of myself and certainly our government, our appreciation for your friendship to the United States. We also are aware of how well known you are for your candor and your ability to cut to the heart of any issue. That was most welcome in our meeting today, and we were able to cover many of our shared goals and commitments.
"We are bound together in so many obvious ways, of geography and commerce, culture, values, but it is worth noting that 300,000 people and $1.7 billion in goods and services cross our border every single day. So as close neighbors who work, trade, and interact with one another, we are seeking ways to create jobs for our own citizens, Canadians and Americans alike. Therefore, it's critical that we ensure our border remains a safe, vibrant connector of people, trade, and energy. And today, the minister and I discussed other ways to expand trade and investment; for example, by reducing unnecessary regulations that get in the way of our businesses doing business.
"We also discussed our joint efforts to expand security around the world. I am greatly appreciative of Canada's contributions in Afghanistan, where Canadian soldiers have suffered some of the highest casualty rates of any coalition partner. And Canada continues to help the Afghan people take responsibility for their own security.
"We also appreciate Canada's contribution to enforcing UN Security Council Resolution 1973 in Libya. And I was very interested in hearing Minister Baird's impressions from his recent trip to Benghazi.
"We also talked about how Canada and the United States can expand our cooperation throughout the Western Hemisphere by leveraging our resources to support economic development, citizens' safety, and good governance with our neighbors to the south.
"Prime Minister Harper has long emphasized his intentions to expand Canada's engagement in the Americas and the Caribbean, and Canada showed its extraordinary commitment to the people of Haiti in its great outpouring of relief following the earthquake. And there's much we can do to make sure that our borders to the south are secure, and that means helping Central American countries strengthen their policing and rule of law and reducing corruption. This is -- these are areas where Canada's expertise can make a real difference.
"So among the many things we discussed, those are some of the issues that we are working on, but our work continues. I am grateful for the minister's strong commitment to our robust alliance and our unwavering friendship, and I look forward to continuing our work together."
You can read the Secretary's full remarks with the Foreign Minister here.