Remarks With Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh Before Their Meeting

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
June 11, 2012

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, it is once again a great pleasure to welcome to the State Department the foreign minister from Jordan. Jordan is a great partner and real leader on regional issues with whom we consult closely on a very comprehensive agenda. And I’m looking forward to having the chance to discuss with the minister the full range of issues that are in the headlines and are ones that we are working closely together on. So welcome, Nasser.

FOREIGN MINISTER JUDEH: Thank you very much, Madam Secretary, dear Hillary. Always a pleasure and a privilege to be here to consult with you. And we keep reiterating that this is a friendship and a partnership, and I look forward to our overarching discussion. You’re absolutely right. We should be discussing not only those issues in the headlines, but issues making headlines as well in the future. And I think that bilateral delegations would be foremost, Syria (inaudible) and of course, the ever present question of the Middle East peace process and the lack of movement there, even though we had some positive developments in the last few months. So I look forward to discussing all these things with you. And I thank you again for your warm welcome.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you, my friend.



PRN: 2012/942