Travel Diary: U.S., U.K. Working To Advance Shared Values

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
October 11, 2009
Secretary Clinton and U.K. Foreign Secretary Miliband Speak to Press at Carlton Gardens

Interactive Travel Map | Text the Secretary AnswersToday, Secretary Clinton met with U.K. Foreign Secretary David Miliband at Carlton Gardens in London. Following their meeting, Secretary Clinton said:"[F]irst, let me just underscore how grateful I am for this opportunity to reaffirm the historic importance of the special relationship between our two countries. I have many fond memories of this beautiful city from visits over the years. And I remember well something that one of my personal heroines, Eleanor Roosevelt, said back in 1942, when she had come to visit both American and British troops, including her own son. And she spoke of that special bond that is formed between nations when their ideals and objectives coincide. That is still the case today. And both our ideals and our objectives on a broad range of challenges and opportunities that we see in the world give us the chance to continue to forge a better future for the people of our two countries.

The international agenda is broad and deep. And the United States and the United Kingdom are partners, working to advance our shared values on every front, from rebuilding the world economy, to combating climate change and fighting hunger, to facing down the threats of nuclear proliferation and violent extremism, to helping advance a comprehensive peace in the Middle East. We stand shoulder to shoulder in the effort to build a global architecture of cooperation, and to develop the partnerships that are needed to meet these global challenges.

So, as the foreign secretary said, we have had a wide ranging discussion today, but we have had many such discussions over the last nine months, my tenure as Secretary of State.

British leadership was pivotal in the run up to the historic Security Council session chaired by President Obama that unanimously adopted Resolution 1887, and committed us to work toward a world without nuclear weapons. British leadership is important to the P5 Plus 1 process, as we work together to press the world's great concerns about Iran's nuclear programs.

We agree that the P5 Plus 1 meeting in Geneva was a constructive beginning. But it must be followed by action. Words are not enough. And we are speaking with a single voice, and delivering a clear message to Iran: The international community will not wait indefinitely for evidence that Iran is prepared to live up to its international obligations.

We also had an opportunity to discuss the ongoing review of our overall efforts, both civilian and military, in Afghanistan and Pakistan. I again expressed my admiration for the incredible courage and commitment of the British troops who are serving in Afghanistan. We are deeply grateful for their service, and we honor their sacrifice. And both of our nations are committed to the cause in Afghanistan.

We understand how difficult this is, but we have no doubt that we must be both committed, and demonstrate leadership necessary to achieve our goals. At the same time, we are working to support the democratically elected government of Pakistan in its efforts to confront violent extremism, and to assist the people whose lives have been disrupted by that conflict. We want to help the Pakistani people and their government improve in the delivery of services. We share the same goals for the region that is affected by so much violent extremism, mainly, a peaceful and prosperous future for the people who live there.

And finally, as the foreign secretary said, we discussed the peace process in Northern Ireland, where I will be traveling later today. This remains an issue of great importance for both of our countries, and we are committed to seeing the full implementation of the Good Friday agreement, and a lasting peace in Northern Ireland that brings the benefits of peace to the people.

We always have a full agenda. We never have enough time to discuss everything that is on our minds. But it is a personal pleasure for me to be working with Secretary Miliband. So I thank you again for hosting me today, and I look forward to the work ahead."

Following Secretary Clinton's remarks, she and Foreign Secretary Miliband spoke with the press about Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran. Read their full remarks or more about Secretary Clinton's trip to Europe.

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District Of Columbia, USA
October 11, 2009

Mamtha in Washington, DC writes:

Thanks Madame Secretary. Please keep up the good work. We know your travel schedule is incredibly hectic and the agenda is full. This is hard work and you are doing this very well.

I saw your and Sec. of Defense Bob Gates joint interview today. I wonder if all this travel is to get allied troops for Afganistan. I know U.S. alone will not be able to support the surge requested and I wonder if Mrs Clinton is pushing this as a main part of her agenda.


Petey P.
October 11, 2009

Petey writes:

Great article. I am also grateful of the British troops in helping out in these countries. God Bless them

Massachusetts, USA
October 11, 2009

Elaine in Massachusetts writes:

Unfortunately, the historic special relationship has been dented in my view after having my human rights violated with a succession of private court hearings in a libel claim. I was defamed across the British press and have had extreme difficulty getting justice and a right of reply.

This is being done to protect and pacify the Danish partner of one of the richest men in England. With all due respect to our British cousins, the values we share are sadly not being reflected in my court proceedings.

If human rights cannot be respected by our closest ally, what hope do we have in the advancement of human rights with the rest of the world?

California, USA
October 14, 2009

Normita in California writes:

Secretary Clinton, you are not only the ultimate U.S. diplomat, but you also represent the free world in spreading partnership, and cooperation between countries.

Thank you for taking the leadership in the many challenges the world is facing everyday.

God bless you and God bless America and the people you touch in your journey.


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