Remarks With United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon Before Their Meeting

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
April 7, 2011

SECRETARY CLINTON: I’m delighted to welcome Secretary General Ban here to the State Department. We have worked very closely together during my time as Secretary of State. We have a lot of issues to discuss, and I appreciate the Secretary General coming to Washington, meeting with members of Congress, talking about what he is doing in the UN, seeking support, and I’m looking forward to our discussion.

SECRETARY GENERAL BAN: Thank you, Madam Secretary. It’s a great pleasure to see you again at the State Department. Today, I’ve had a series of very productive meetings with congressional leaders. I regard the strong cooperation and support between the United Nations and the United States is very important pillar for the United Nations to perform our mandate by the United Nations member states. And I believe that the stalwart support by the Obama Administration and Madam Secretary has never been more important than it is today, when we confront major challenges in Cote d’Ivoire, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Haiti. I am looking forward to having a frank discussion with the Secretary Clinton today as we are working together to address all these challenges to make a better world for all. Thank you very much.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you so much, Secretary General. Thank you all.

PRN: 2011/543