Remarks With Czech Foreign Minister Kohout at Camera Spray Before Their Meeting

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
New York, NY
September 21, 2009

Date: 09/21/2009 Description: Secretary Clinton meets with Jan Kohout, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. © State Dept Image by Michael GrossSECRETARY CLINTON: (Inaudible) very important delegation from the Czech Republic. 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.

QUESTION: Madame Secretary, on Afghanistan, General McChrystal is warning of failure if more troops are not sent in the next year. What is the Administration’s strategy? How are you going to respond to that? Are you left without a choice?

SECRETARY CLINTON: No, but this is an important meeting with the Czech Republic, and they are our allies and friends in NATO and bilaterally. And we have a process going on with respect to our strategy in Afghanistan. As the President has said, it’s strategy before resources. And we’re soliciting and receiving advice and assessments from a broad range of those who are directly involved. And of course, we welcome General McChrystal’s thoughts, but that’s a classified pre-decisional memo, and we are looking to integrate everything that we’re doing. And then, of course, the President will make his decisions.

Thank you all.

QUESTION: Thank you.

PRN: 2009/T12-2