Remarks With European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighborhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner Before Their Meeting

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
July 10, 2009

Date: 07/10/2009 Description: Remarks by Secretary Clinton and Dr. Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Vice President for External Relations and European Neighborhood Policy of the Commission of the European Communities before their bilateral meeting. © State Dept Image
Well, it’s a pleasure to welcome Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner. We work closely, as you know, with every element of the EU. But the Commission is an absolutely essential part of our joint efforts in many humanitarian, development, reconstruction, and other activities. I met with Benita numerous times since I’ve had the honor of being in this office, and it’s wonderful to have her here back in the State Department.

COMMISSIONER FERRERO-WALDNER: Well, thank you very much. First of all, I would like to say we wish, of course, good luck to this courageous Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. And for the rest, indeed, we have been working on many of the important issues: Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and of course, on the other hand, Iran, Russia, the Oriental partnership or Eastern partnership, just to mention a few of them. Maybe we will also speak about Honduras today.

So indeed, we have a huge scope of agenda. And we are also working on development, and maybe in the future also, the development issues will be issues where we can work together in a better way.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Looking forward to it. Thank you all very much.

QUESTION: Madame Secretary, will Professor Han go to North Korea on behalf of the State Department?

SECRETARY CLINTON: We have nothing to respond to about that. Thank you.

PRN: 2009/703