Today, the United States congratulates the Libyan people on their historic declaration of liberation from more than four decades of brutal dictatorship. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said, "The Libyan revolution was the work of ordinary, brave Libyans who demanded their freedoms and dignity. The United States is proud to have supported them in those efforts and we are committed to their future."
Earlier today, Secretary Clinton participated in interviews with Christiane Amanpour of ABC's "This Week," Candy Crowley of CNN's "State of the Union," David Gregory of NBC's "Meet The Press," and Chris Wallace of "Fox News Sunday." During the interviews, Secretary Clinton discussed recent events in Libya and the ending of the war in Iraq.
On Iraq, Secretary Clinton said, “…We are now going to have a security relationship with Iraq for training and support of their military, similar to what we have around the world from Jordan to Colombia. We will have military trainers and support personnel on the ground at Embassy Baghdad. We will be training Iraqis on using the military equipment that they are buying from the United States. And we think that this is the kind of mature relationship that is very common. So I believe that we are looking to fulfill what it is that the Iraqis requested and that we're prepared to provide."
Secretary Clinton participated in the interviews while on travel to Malta, Libya, Oman, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. In Malta, Secretary Clinton met with Maltese Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi and thanked the government and people of Malta for their extraordinary response to the events of this last year . Secretary Clinton was the first U.S. Secretary of State to visit Malta in more than two decades.
In Libya, Secretary Clinton met with Transitional National Council Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril, visited wounded veterans at a hospital, and held a town hall at Tripoli University. Secretary Clinton made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan, where she met with met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and participated in a roundtable with civil society leaders. The Secretary then traveled to Pakistan, where she participated in a townterview.
In Tajikistan, Secretary Clinton met with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon and Foreign Minister Hamrokhon Zarifi and held a town hall for women, youths, and civil society. In Uzbekistan, Secretary Clinton held a bilateral meeting with President Islam Karimov and Foreign Minister Elyor Ganiev and visited the new General Motors Powertrain plant in Tashkent, where she announced a new initiative to promote entrepreneurship.
Entrepreneurship and innovation were key themes of the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Public-Private Partnership Week, which was celebrated October 17-21. In Paraguay, for example, USAID supports a program that connects small farmers with private sector buyers. Meanwhile, members of civil society in Uruguay participated in "TechCamp: Montevideo" to explore innovative ways to advance educational opportunities, and young leaders in Nepal discussed entrepreneurship with members of the Nepali-American diaspora.
Spotlighting the important role of partnerships, Ambassador Eric Goosby described an initiative to combat sexual violence against girls in Tanzania, while Ambassador Eric Benjaminson highlighted efforts to assist Congolese refugees in Gabon. In the Central African Republic, the U.S. Embassy worked with governmental, international, and non-governmental partners to rescue an abandoned chimp and address wildlife trafficking.
Partnerships are also a critical component of promoting global food security. On Tuesday, October 25, 2011, Tjada McKenna, Deputy Coordinator for Development of the U.S. Feed the Future Initiative, will hold a conversation with David Beckmann, President of Bread for the World, on "Ending Hunger Through Development." You can submit questions for Ms. McKenna and Mr. Beckmann in advance of the event here.
In other news, Ambassador David Huebner provided a read-out of U.S. participation in the Pacific Island Forum, and Deputy Secretary Tom Nides delivered remarks to the Association of American Chamber of Commerce in Latin America.
On a final note, the United States offers condolences to all who were affected by the earthquake that struck Turkey today. U.S. citizens who need assistance in Turkey should contact Turkish Authorities or the U.S. Consulate in Adana, which is located at Girne Bulvari No. 212, Guzelevler Mahallesi, Yuregir, Adana, Turkey. The consulate's telephone number is 90-322-346-6262.