Remarks With Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh Before Their Meeting

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
April 12, 2011

SECRETARY CLINTON: It is, as always, a great pleasure to welcome the foreign minister back to Washington and to the State Department. He and I have been working together during my entire tenure as Secretary of State. We consult regularly on matters that are part of our bilateral relationship, which, as you know, between the United States and Jordan, is very strong and enduring, and of course, with respect to what is going on in the region as well.

So Minister, welcome again.

FOREIGN MINISTER JUDEH: Thank you very much, Madam Secretary. The Secretary stole the words right out of my mouth. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with the Secretary for the better part of the last two years, plus the Secretary is absolutely correct when she says that I was appointed foreign minister exactly one month after she was confirmed as Secretary of State. And since then, we have had an excellent relationship that reflects the very special friendship, partnership between Jordan and the United States.

And I think I could not pass the opportunity of being here in Washington on a speaking engagement without consulting with the Secretary and comparing notes as a person I have tremendous respect for, and as a country that enjoys the best of relations with the United States. There’s so much going on and there’s so much to discuss, so thank you very much.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you all very much.

PRN: 2011/573