Remarks With Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh Before Their Meeting

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
March 2, 2012

SECRETARY CLINTON:  Well, it’s wonderful to welcome once again my colleague and my friend.  We are delighted that Minister Judeh could be here, because we have a very large agenda between the United States and Jordan.  We stay in very close touch, but nothing replaces face-to-face meetings to catch up on what’s happening in Jordan, what’s happening in the region, and around the world.  So Nasser, thank you and welcome.  

FOREIGN MINISTER JUDEH:  Thank you very much, Madam Secretary.  I will just echo what you said and our commitment to maintain constant dialogue with you and consultations, building on the excellent results of His Majesty’s visit with the President and yourself last January.  And this is a relationship that we will describe as much more than a friendship, a true partnership.  And in this context, we have lots to discuss.  I will brief the Secretary on our domestic situation, the economic challenges that we have, and the irreversible political reform program that is led by His Majesty, the King.  And we will also discuss the peace process and the other issues.  It’s always a pleasure to be here, and it’s very, very important for us to keep this dialogue continuing.

SECRETARY CLINTON:  Thank you very much, my friend.   Thank you all.

PRN: 2012/323