Remarks With Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Fander Falconi Benitez Before Their Meeting

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
June 12, 2009

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, it is indeed a treat to welcome the Foreign Minister of Ecuador. Mr. Falconi is here along with a distinguished delegation. We had an excellent meeting with him and President Correa when we were at the Summit of the Americas. We are looking for ways to create a more constructive and productive relationship. So it’s a particular pleasure to have you here, and I look forward to our conversations.

FOREIGN MINISTER FALCONI: (Via interpreter) Well, it’s – I am delighted to be here. And we have a very positive agenda, a very constructive dialogue to be working on. I want to thank you, and I want to say it is a pleasure to be here. Thank you so much.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you, Minister. Thank you all very much.

QUESTION: Madame Secretary, what do you think of the Iranian turnout at the Iranian elections today?

SECRETARY CLINTON: It’s a very positive sign that the people of Iran want their voices and their votes to be heard and counted. And like many people inside and outside of Iran, we are going to wait and see what the results are.

Thank you.

QUESTION: (Via interpreter) What are you expecting from this meeting, Minister?

FOREIGN MINISTER FALCONI: (Via interpreter) Well, we have a bilateral agenda that we are consolidating. And as President Correa himself has said, it is one that is based on mutual convenience, it is based on dialogue. There are a number of issues that we’re going to be discussing that are of mutual interest to both countries.

Thank you very much.

PRN: 2009/583