This week, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hosted her counterparts for the G-8 Foreign Ministers Meeting at the Blair House in Washington, D.C. During the two-day meeting, the Foreign Ministers discussed a range of country-specific, regional, and transnational topics.
Secretary Clinton also had a chance to hold a series of bilateral meetings with her counterparts, including Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird. During their meeting, Secretary Clinton and Foreign Minister Baird underscored that they share a lot in common -- except for whom they are supporting in the upcoming NHL playoffs. In this photo, Foreign Minister Baird presents Secretary Clinton with the jersey of his favorite hockey player, Jason Spezza of the Ottawa Senators. The Senators will be facing the New York Rangers in the playoffs. Secretary Clinton said, "The fact is that I hate to root against any team called the Senators; however, I was a senator because of the good people of New York, so of course I'm rooting for -- ta-da -- the Rangers."
Like the Secretary and the Foreign Minister, the United States and Canada share much in common. As the Secretary has said, the U.S.-Canada partnership is a robust alliance and one of unwavering friendship. Canada is also a valued partner in the Western Hemisphere, working with the United States to support economic development, citizens' safety, and good governance.
From April 13-15, the United States and Canada will join 32 other countries participating in the Sixth Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia. In Colombia, President Obama and Secretary Clinton will meet with democratically-elected heads of state and government from throughout the Hemisphere to strengthen ties, expand partnerships, and continue progress in economic growth, social inclusion, and citizen security. You can read more about the Summit of the Americas here.