Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Meets With President Zuma

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
August 9, 2009

Interactive Travel Map | Text the Secretary | Behind the Scenes PhotosYesterday, Secretary Clinton met with South African President Zuma in Durban. Following their meeting, Secretary Clinton said:"I so appreciate the time that the President has given us this morning amidst a very busy schedule to reaffirm the importance of the relationship between our two countries, which he and President Obama had a chance to speak about when they were both in Italy together for the G8. We have been tasked by our respective presidents - the Foreign Minister and I - to put meat on the bones so to speak. To get to work. To make sure that the expectations of both President Zuma and President Obama are met as we work more closely together on our bilateral relationship as well as on regional and global challenges that we need to be leading on - the betterment of not only both of our nations but the world....

[W]e discussed everything from the President’s views on regional issues from Zimbabwe to Somalia to Sudan to global issues like climate change. We had a broad-ranging, very substantive discussion and I greatly appreciated the President sharing with us his advice and suggestions about how we can make progress. We have the same goals for a peaceful, progressive, prosperous continent starting in southern Africa of course, but moving north, west and east and the President’s advice was extremely helpful to us."

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