Secretary Clinton's Travel to UNGA

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
September 22, 2009
Secretary Clinton Rings New York Stock Exchange Opening Bell

Follow Secretary Clinton's travel to the United Nations General Assembly.

Secretary Clinton is in New York City to attend the United Nations 64th General Assembly (UNGA). While in New York, Secretary Clinton will conduct a number of bilateral and multilateral meetings with her counterparts. Yesterday, Secretary Clinton started the day by ringing the Opening Bell of the New York Stock Exchange.

The Secretary also met with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili. The Secretary said, "We are working to try to ensure that Russia abides by the 2008 ceasefire, and hopefully to eventually reintegrate your country as it should be. We also know that working toward democracy and the changes that you’re attempting to achieve are challenging, but we want to support and encourage the steps that need to be taken. And the United States supports Georgia, and we want to make that very clear and unequivocal statement here today."

The Secretary welcomed new Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada and said, "The alliance between the United States and Japan is a cornerstone of our foreign policy and indispensable to the security and prosperity of the Asia Pacific."

The Secretary met with Czech Foreign Minister Kohout. Before their meeting, the Secretary said, "The Czech Republic was very willing to work with the United States on behalf of missile defense in the past. We have, as you know, changed our approach, which we believe will actually provide greater coverage, and it will be rooted in technology that is ready to be employed. And we will be working with the Czech Republic again. We will be working within research and other approaches for the mutual and collective defense of our NATO allies. And we have a deep and long relationship with the Czech Republic, and I’m particularly pleased to have this opportunity to discuss a broad range of matters."

She also spoke with Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez and Costa Rican Foreign Minister Bruno Stagno Ugarte about Honduras and the return of President Zelaya and underscored U.S. support for the San Jose Accords that President Arias negotiated.

For the latest information from UNGA, follow the Secretary's travel to New York here.



New Jersey, USA
September 22, 2009

Rosemary in New Jersey writes:

I am smiling because the State Department is calling this "travel" while for us up here, the Secretary is home. NY and NJ love Hillary Clinton and love having her here at home with us! Every time she graces NYC, NY State, and/or NJ it is a blessing.

Thanks, Hillary, for spending the week with us!

sTePhEn W.
New York, USA
September 22, 2009

Stephen W. in New York writes:

Just lookin Ms. Clinton. You all doin your best. Dont stress leave that for the mess. Stay biess.

Syrian P.
September 22, 2009

SNP in Syria writes:

64 Years of wasted time and resources spent on this U.N., just imagine how better nations will be off, what better instututions would have been created by teh International Community have this worthless U.N. org never existed.


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