Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton in Saudi Arabia

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
April 1, 2012
Secretary Clinton With GCC Foreign Ministers in Riyadh

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia March 30-31, 2012. While in Riyadh, she met with King Abdullah and Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal. During their meeting, King Abdullah and Secretary Clinton discussed the situation in Iran and upcoming plans for the P-5+1 meetings with the Iranians. They talked about Syria in advance of the second meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People, which is scheduled to take place in Istanbul, Turkey on April 1, 2012. They also discussed Yemen, Tunisia, Egypt, global oil supplies, and reform in the kingdom, including the role of women.

In remarks with Foreign Minister al-Faisal, Secretary Clinton said, "I was delighted...to have the opportunity to visit with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, His Majesty, King Abdullah. And I want to thank him again, publicly and personally, for his leadership and hospitality. The partnership between our two countries goes back more than six decades, and today we are working together on a wide range of common concerns, both bilaterally and multilaterally."

During her remarks with the Foreign Minister, Secretary Clinton also addressed the situations in Iran and Syria. Secretary Clinton said:

"...I will start with Iran, which continues to threaten its neighbors and undermine regional security, including through its support for the Assad regime's murderous campaign in Syria, threats against the freedom of navigation in the region, and interference in Yemen. The entire world was outraged by reports that Iran was plotting to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States and by allegations of Iranian involvement in recent terrorist attacks in India, Georgia, and Thailand.

"Of course, the most pressing concern is over Iran's nuclear activities. The international community's dual-track approach has dramatically increased pressure on Iran through crippling sanctions and isolation, while at the same time leaving open the door if Iran can show it is serious about responding to these legitimate international concerns. It soon will be clear whether Iran's leaders are prepared to have a serious, credible discussion about their nuclear program, whether they are ready to start building the basis of a resolution to this very serious problem. It is up to Iran's leaders to make the right choice. We will see whether they will intend to do so starting with the P-5+1 negotiations in Istanbul, April 13th-14th. What is certain, however, is that Iran's window to seek and obtain a peaceful resolution will not remain open forever.

"Turning to Syria, tomorrow leaders from more than 60 nations will gather in Istanbul for the second meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People. We heard this week from Kofi Annan, the special representative of both the United Nations and the Arab League, that the Assad regime had accepted his initial six-point plan, which calls for the regime to immediately pull back its forces and silence its heavy weapons, respect daily humanitarian ceasefires, and stop interfering with peaceful demonstrations and international monitoring.

"But the Syrian Government is staying true to form, unfortunately, making a deal and then refusing to implement it. As of today, regime forces continue to shell civilians, lay siege to neighborhoods, and even target places of worship. So today, my fellow ministers and I agreed on the need for the killing to stop immediately and urged the joint special envoy to set a timeline for next steps. We look forward to hearing his views on the way forward when he addresses the Security Council on Monday."

While in Riyadh, Secretary Clinton also attended the First Ministerial Meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council-U.S. Strategic Cooperation Forum. The Secretary said:

"In today's inaugural session of the Strategic Cooperation Forum, I underscored the rock-solid commitment of the United States to the people and nations of the Gulf. And I thanked my colleagues for the GCC's many positive contributions to regional and global security, particularly the GCC's leadership in bringing about a peaceful transition within Yemen. We hope this forum will become a permanent addition to our ongoing bilateral discussions that exist between the United States and each nation that is a member of the GCC. We believe this forum offers opportunities to deepen and further our multilateral cooperation on shared challenges, including terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and piracy, as well as broader economic and strategic ties."

During her visit, Secretary Clinton met with U.S. Embassy Riyadh staff and their families and thanked them for their work. She acknowledged their efforts to build new bridges of understanding between Americans and Saudis, including among activists, women, human rights advocates, youth leaders, students, and scholars. She congratulated the embassy for reducing visa wait times and advancing trade relations. The Secretary said:

"I also see the difference that you are making in the trade delegations that you arrange that are traveling to the United States, looking to invest in power companies, electronics, and other industries. And they're also bringing new investments back to Saudi Arabia, expanding our bilateral investments now by nearly 30 percent since 2009. And I know that the Ambassador is particularly proud that he personally has led 15 trade delegations to the United States, helping the Obama Administration meet the ambitious goal of doubling U.S. exports by 2015."

Secretary Clinton concluded her remarks to U.S. Embassy Riyadh staff by saying, "...I know that this is one of the relationships that is really going to determine the quality of life and the future potential for people not only in our two countries, but people everywhere. Thank you all very, very much."

You can follow Secretary Clinton's visit to Saudi Arabia on www.state.gov and www.facebook.com/USEmbassyRiyadh.

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thus81
April 1, 2012

W.W. writes:

Turkey

29 October 1923 – 10 November 1938

by complete independence, we mean of course complete economic, financial, juridical, military, cultural independence and freedom in all matters. Being deprived of independence in any of these is equivalent to the nation and country being deprived of all its independenceThe religion of Islam will be elevated if it will cease to be a political instrument, as had been the case in the past Today, our most important and most productive task is the national education [unification and modernization] affairs. We have to be successful in national education affairs and we shall be. The liberation of a nation is only achieved through this wayIn the face of knowledge, science, and of the whole extent of radiant civilization, I cannot accept the presence in Turkey's civilized community of people primitive enough to seek material and spiritual benefits in the guidance of sheiks. The Turkish republic cannot be a country of sheiks, dervishes, and disciples. The best, the truest order is the order of civilization. To be a man it is enough to carry out the requirements of civilization. The leaders of dervish orders will understand the truth of my words, and will themselves close down their lodges ] and admit that their disciplines have grown up

We must liberate our concepts of justice, our laws and our legal institutions from the bonds which, even though they are incompatible with the needs of our century, still hold a tight grip on us To the women: Win for us the battle of education and you will do yet more for your country than we have been able to do. It is to you that I appeal.

To the men: If henceforward the women do not share in the social life of the nation, we shall never attain to our full development. We shall remain irremediably backward, incapable of treating on equal terms with the civilizations of the West Republic means the democratic administration of the state. We founded the Republic, reaching its tenth year. It should enforce all the requirements of democracy as the time comes

There is no logical explanation for the political disenfranchisement of women. Any hesitation and negative mentality on this subject is nothing more than a fading social phenomenon of the past. ...Women must have the right to vote and to be elected; because democracy dictates that, because there are interests that women must defend, and because there are social duties that women must perform.

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

a bit of history repeating and western corruption way of wasting time

palgye
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South Korea
April 2, 2012

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Some of the White House staff have worked so passionately, their nests before all the talk about the possibility of burn, light story, but what do you say to solve?

Q-Who?

This situation persists, the election to relinquish a better way to think. People who know the weaknesses, without cost, brought the secret to the grave, shall we?

At a news conference to talk about, is not the time, I think.. Already, the case is in progress, too, which hurts my head ...

This situation persists, the reason I'm posting to a blog you think is missing.

With this in mind that long, but the way to go to the United States, no contact with Americans, even impossible,

In South Korea, which is still weighted political tanapman, frankly, I would like to exile. After the election, and to think of the oppression.

I see the leaders of the political economy of South Korea, just like a dog think.

Yours

Say bark, bark.

Shake a tailt, throws a eat.

Turkey's

Turkey's economy to achieve stable, I do not know. Yet, did not mature yeogyeonyi around,,,,

To the people of the Middle East countries to provide money, but how to buy things and how to encourage normal consumption think we should talk.

Europe and Asia, the United States and Latin American countries against the economic policies that are considered a little dangerous.

Turkey in the region

Military power to think. Rather than economic, geographic advantages to develop the economy ....

- To improve the economic situation bother Turkey, the Middle East, that against the country, is not privileged, that against the general public, to create new demand - the easiest way, closer to the citizens of the Middle East free ticket to travel to Turkey nothing to offer - seems to be an appropriate way to resolve. Now, to encourage investment - and not in Europe, many countries believe that Sec. However, only Turkey .....

Nowadays, not special interests. Posting it to your blog ....

palgye
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South Korea
April 1, 2012

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Suu Kyi

-Burma to supply food to be a neutral zone origin. Today and tomorrow ....

Now in Burma, the United States and China, a proxy war is started,

Indochina, China's purchasing power, the United States have time to think deeply about, rather than by actively developing Indochina, to induce the consumer market is considered an appropriate policy.

Even for a moment, the supply of food Burma market-neutral policies to maintain growth, but what do you say? Purchasing power in Europe until recovery ....

In cooperation with China, rather than the supply of weapons, even while supporting the agricultural ...

Someday, even once the war today and tomorrow, rather than the war on the day after tomorrow is better that I thought.

If you make good use of Indochina, China's domestic demand, while enabling, Russia and India also highly likely to affect a good think.

Suu Kyi, but the disgusting, Suu Kyi in the United States would depend on many things, the possibility of severe friction with China is the birthplace is very large. When the friction is enhanced,
Economy, politics, you think that is more likely to retreat. Then, the influence of China stronger than in the United States is likely many, Burma, China's national strength is enough to think that the ability to manage the country.

Burma to supply food to be a neutral zone origin. Today and tomorrow ....

Mari
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California, USA
April 3, 2012

Mari in California writes:

Ironically, Saudi Arabia is the only country with documented ties to the 9/11 terror attacks back in 2001. Syria and Iran have done nothing to harm the US, or their neighbors.

Fred M.
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Arizona, USA
May 1, 2012

Fred M. in Arizona writes:

One of the great evangelical/Zionist/Neocon myths is that "tiny Israel" armed with 200 nuclear weapons is threatened by Muslim Middle Eastern countries. In actual fact, Egypt and Pakistan, which have the bulk of the Middle Eastern Muslim population, are ruled by American puppets. Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the oil emirates are totally dependent on U.S. protection and, thereby, are also under the American thumb. Iran is Persian, not Arab, and has no common borders with Israel. Hezbollah was created when Israel tried to seize Lebanon in 1982. Hamas is a Palestinian response to the atrocities Palestinians have suffered for a half century at Israel's hands.

Israel's land-stealing policy is the source of Middle Eastern instability. America is hated because American money and weapons are what enable Israel to steal Palestine from Palestinians.

As numerous Middle East experts have pointed out, what is decried as "Arab terrorism against Israel" is, in fact, the only tactic Muslims have for calling the world's attention to the plight of the Palestinians, about which Americans are generally ignorant.

It is absurd for Bush to condemn Syria for not behaving as an American puppet and for not fighting Israel's battles by taking on Hezbollah.

The American Jewish Neocons like Wolfowitz and Pearl and the Neocons at the American Enterprise Institute are on the frontlines advocating military conflict for Israel, have total control of U.S. foreign policy in the Bush regime, and they have morphed our strategic interests into Israel's.

John
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Canada
May 2, 2012

John in Canada writes:

In my view American domestic and foreign policy failures stems from the slow erosion of noble ideals. In many ways, ideals that never really solidified; only in rhetoric and mind but not in in actual concrete function.

America got lost along the way – you could point to so many concepts that have contributed to this derailing. Essentially – America has allowed itself to be dragged into the mud pit – once there – how do you get out?

As time moves forward the ability to get up becomes more difficult and to do so, more extreme directions have to be taken. No politician wants to do what needs to be done – none. There is no will.

Applauding the non democratic election in Yemen but touting democracy. While touting democracy America supports some of the worst non democratic nations.

Some Americans cry about the injustice of arms sales to Syria by Russia and the use of those arms against the Syrian people, Those same people are silent in their criticism of the massive American arms sales worldwide – I suppose they think countries that spend huge money on American arms – dont use them. Must be nice to be so blind.

America trumpets freedom but passes laws that takes away more and more freedom from their own people.

America decries the use of technology against the Iranian people but many of Americas Allies use the very same technology against their own populaces – in America too.

Some claim victory in wars that have seen soldiers kill themselves at higher rates then soldiers dieing on the battle field. Not to mention the financial collapse – endless conflict has not brought the nation wealth. Just saying you win without real things to hold up – doesn't make it so.

In south America every nation but two, wishes to move forward in new directions but two nations stand still decrying a throwback to cold war mentality by the others. While these two nations grip tight to cold war mentality.(laugh)

America claims to innovate but passes law after law in the name of Intellectual property rights that are akin to the horse sellers of the 1800s seeking protection from the sales of automobiles. America would still be on horseback if the laws were used as they are today to thwart progress and innovation.

America champions human right but those same IP right for at least the past thirty years have been made possible by some of the worst human rights violations on the planet – Ip rights over human rights?Ip right before innovation?

America has championed education as an imperative but this has done little but create debt and educate half the population out of work. Ironically you could parallel the American decline with the advent of so called “modern education”. Americas founding fathers would not be qualified to flip burgers in todays markets but they accomplished things no intellectual, politician, business mogul could ever hope to accomplish today. Imagine trying to organize a resistance over a large area with no technology. Even with the technology today– seems it cant be done. They seemed able enough to bring together opposing factions – seemingly today the powers that be; cannot.

Every decision made seems to speak of one direction but the actions are in the opposite.

How long does anyone think that a continuance along this path will lead to anywhere but a collapse.

When it happens it wont be terrorists or anything else. It will be America.

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