Remarks With Czech Republic Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg Before Their Meeting

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
September 21, 2012

SECRETARY CLINTON: I am so delighted to welcome my colleague and friend, the Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic. Minister Schwarzenberg is a great proponent of human rights and has been for his entire life. He is also a very strong advocate of the transatlantic relationship, something that we highly value. And I’ve had the privilege of working with him both at the beginning of my time as Secretary of State, and now toward the end.

But we will have the opportunity today to discuss a broad range of issues that are of not only bilateral importance but regional and global importance as well.

Karel, welcome.

FOREIGN MINISTER SCHWARZENBERG: Thank you. I’m very, very glad to be again in Washington. And indeed, the transatlantic relation is still going strong but something one has to work on daily. It’s like in a marriage; if you don’t care for your wife or for your husband every day, it slowly (inaudible) disappears. The same thing for the transatlantic relationship. We have to care for it every day. (inaudible)

SECRETARY CLINTON: (Laughter.) Thank you. Thank you, so much. My partner in that. (Laughter.)

PRN: 2012/1477