Secretary Clinton, President Abbas Meet in Ramallah

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
March 4, 2009
Secretary Clinton and President Abbas

Interactive Travel Map | Text the SecretaryToday, Secretary Clinton met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank. Secretary Clinton said:"It is a pleasure and an honor to be back here and to have the opportunity to meet with you, a leader of courage and dedication to the Palestinian people. I am very proud to stand beside President Abbas to deliver a message from my country and our President.

The United States supports the Palestinian Authority as the only legitimate government of the Palestinian people. As a partner on the road to a comprehensive peace, which includes a two-state solution, our support comes with more than words. As I pledged in Sharm el-Sheikh, we will work with President Abbas, Prime Minister Fayyad, and the government of the Palestinian Authority to address critical humanitarian, budgetary, security, and infrastructure needs, both in Gaza and in the West Bank.

As I said in Sharm el-Sheikh, a child growing up in Gaza without shelter, healthcare or an education, has the same right to go to school, see a doctor, and live with a roof over her head as a child growing up in any country. That a mother and a father here in the West Bank, struggling to fulfill their dreams for their children, have the same right as parents anywhere else to have a good job, a decent home, and the tools to achieve greater prosperity.

The United States aims to foster conditions in which a Palestinian state can be fully realized, a state that can provide these opportunities, a state that is a responsible partner, is at peace with Israel and its Arab neighbors, and is accountable to its people. That is the state that this government is attempting to build."

You may read the transcript of Secretary Clinton's remarks with President Abbas here. You may also read about U.S. assistance to the Palestinians.



New Jersey, USA
March 4, 2009

Rosemary in New Jersey writes:

Hi Hillary!

I saw your pictures at the Amideast Event today! Many of my students come via Amideast to study for a Master's degree to teach ESL/EFL. I have been familiar with this organization as a conduit for international students for 26 years, and I hope they will continue to send students to American universities for undergraduate and graduate studies.

By the way, you looked great teaching that lesson -- wish I could see a video. You might not know it, but while I am a teacher of applied linguistics, you are my teacher. I have learned a lot about web 2.0 from following you. You have also made me aware of domestic and international events via your dispatches from the Senate and your dispatches and blog here.

Thank you so much for all you have taught me, for always being so accessible, and for everything you do for our country and for people all over the globe. To me, your are Superwoman!

May God and the angels continue to watch over you.


Maryland, USA
March 5, 2009

Patrick in Maryland writes:

Great meeting & discussion about the two-state vision plan. I thought that His Excellency President Abbas was really open to the idea of a two-state region, and to the forwarding of the peace between Israel and the Palestinian people. I also like that he said that Iran should mind their own Business or affairs. I am glade that the United states is working with the Palestinian people,to help rebuild their country. I think they have a great future ahead of them and Israel, if they work together.

I also read about Hillarys visit to AMIDEAST.I think the "English Access Program" was a great idea. I hope that more young people will be able to take the classes in the future.I also like the "yes" program,high school exchange students. The Astronaut Idea "Her Exellency Hillary" had i don't know lol. Its a good thing she didn't become one, because we wouldn't have a great Secretary Of State today.

Cya :)

Austin P.
Maryland, USA
March 28, 2009

Austin P. in Maryland writes:

I completely agree with the statements said by Secretary Clinton, although I believe she only scratched the surface of the true solution to peace between Palestine and Israel. Although we can hope as hard as we like for peace through means of photos of leaders shaking hands and signed treaties, that will do nothing to lessen the anger of the average Palestinian citizen who feels that his or her land has been stolen. Instead, we must emphasize education and economic expansion.

We can look at the Golden Arches theory of conflict prevention. As long as a nation has a tangible stake in the ebb and flow of the global economy, they will avoid war. Palestine has yet to truly connect with the network of world markets, but if there are enough educated Palestinian professionals and if there is a profitable international industry within Palestine, peace will follow their prosperity.


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