Secretary Clinton, Czech Foreign Minister Affirm Transatlantic Alliance

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
February 11, 2009

Yesterday, Secretary Clinton met with Czech Republic Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, whose country currently holds the Presidency of the European Union. Following remarks, they took questions from the press on Iran, North Korea and missile defense.

Secretary Clinton said: "The minister and I just had a wide-ranging, good discussion about global, European, and bilateral issues. The Czech Republic is an important ally of the United States and, of course, our two nations share a strong commitment to defense, development, and human rights. And we are dedicated to strengthening our transatlantic alliance. I also welcomed the foreign minister in his current European Union presidency role. The U.S. and Europe have great responsibilities in the world, especially at this time of global challenges and opportunities. And the United States appreciates Czech leadership on such key issues as Afghanistan, energy security, and the Middle East.

It was also a pleasure for me to particularly thank the Czech Republic for being at the forefront of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, with a commitment of 500 troops and leadership of the Logar Provincial Reconstruction Team. Europe and the United States, the Czech Republic and the United States, we have a big, important agenda before us. And I’m confident, as I told the minister, that our shared values, our common objectives, our commitment to freedom will continue to strengthen and deepen our partnership."

When asked about Iran, Secretary Clinton said: “We have been very clear that, as the Vice President discussed in Munich over the weekend, as the President said again last night, there is an opportunity for the Iranian Government to demonstrate a willingness to unclench their fist and to begin a serious and responsible discussion about a range of matters.

We still persist in our view that Iran should not obtain nuclear weapons, that it would be a very unfortunate course for them to pursue. And we hope that there will be opportunities in the future for us to develop a better understanding of one another and to work out a way of talking that would produce positive results for the people of Iran.”

You may watch video or read the full transcript of the Secretary's remarks.



Wisconsin, USA
February 11, 2009

Longfield in Wisconsin writes:

Czech Republic Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, whose country currently holds the Presidency of the European Union. Hillary Clinton is keeping fresh communications open with our foreign dignitaries. This is very important to let these countries know our positions we hold towards Iranian affairs. She is keeping these communication open and current on our positions we will up hold on the foreign front.

Have read several of the Clintons books. Found them to be interesting reading.

Great and well done job Hillary.

Best Regards,

Connecticut, USA
February 11, 2009

Terry in Connecticut writes:

I hope Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gets a lot more face time than she is getting now starting with her trips abroad next week. It seems the others are getting a lot of foriegn policy exposure than the chief diplomat in Hillary Clinton. What gives?

New York, USA
February 12, 2009

Patricia in New York writes:

I echo the sentiments of Terry from Ct.

Maryland, USA
February 13, 2009

Patrick in Maryland writes:

The Czech foreign Minister, sounded like he had the same cough+Cold thing i had a week ago. This cold must be going around. I like that Hillary is renewing our friendships with the other Countrys. I think that her trip to Asia is a great idea. Hope she has time to try their Seafood, it looked good on the travel channel.

Cya :)

New York, USA
February 14, 2009

Ralph in New York writes:

Hopefully, the suit he is wearing is not an example of the State of Affairs in CZ.

Eurocraft was one of the best manufactures of clothing worldwide at one time...many of their goods were labeled Italy, Spain, Germany and France, though made in CZ...their small weapons as the AK-7 and AK 49 were also of the highest one time.

I presume all the presures of State have left Minister Karel Schwarzenberg as he appears herein.


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