Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Travels to the Middle East

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
November 20, 2012
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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton travels to Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Cairo, leaving from the East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on November 20, 2012. The Secretary will meet with regional leaders, starting with our Israeli partners, to consult on the situation in Gaza.

Secretary Clinton's visits will build on American engagement with regional leaders over the past days -- including intensive engagement by President Obama with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Morsi -- to support de-escalation of violence and a durable outcome that ends the rocket attacks on Israeli cities and towns and restores a broader calm. As President Obama noted in his conversations with President Morsi, we commend Egypt's efforts to de-escalate the situation and are hopeful that these efforts will be successful.

The Secretary will emphasize the United States' interest in a peaceful outcome that protects and enhances Israel's security and regional stability; that can lead to improved conditions for the civilian residents of Gaza; and that can reopen the path to fulfill the aspirations of Palestinians and Israelis for two states living in peace and security. She will continue to express U.S. concern for the loss of civilian life on both sides.



California, USA
November 21, 2012

Irv in California writes:

The Israeli government assassinated Ahmed Jabari with the intention of disrupting his negotiations for a permanent truce with Israel. This was a calculated decision to choose war over peace. Why pretend otherwise?

November 21, 2012

W.W. writes:

#gaza : 4 more more years ... of terror ... of elite profit

clinton: for nobel4peace 251 truce between terrorist and israel achieved

New Mexico, USA
November 21, 2012

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Good to see that a cease-fire has been entered into today, the level of violence in the region threatens all.

Happy Thanksgiving Madam Secretary, and as well to all the folks @ State!

Well done!


Maryland, USA
November 21, 2012

Patrick in Maryland writes:

Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Egypt has announced a cease-fire agreement to end a week of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

Glade that you had successful meetings with regional leaders.

Have A Wonderful Thanksgiving Hillary and DipNote Folks. :)

Massachusetts, USA
November 21, 2012

Maureen in Massachusetts writes:

Thrilled for the announcement by Secretary Clinton of a Cease-fire between Israel-Hamas.


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