Ambassador Rice (Nov. 29): "Let me be very clear. Our diplomats are just that – they’re diplomats. That’s what they do every day. They get out and they work with other countries, with partners here and in the United Nations and around the world to confront the most pressing global challenges that we face and to advance U.S. national interests. And they do so with enormous skill and integrity. I couldn’t be more proud of them as they conduct the work of the U.S. Government and do the work that diplomats do around the world.
"Our diplomats are doing what diplomats do around the world every day, which is build relationships, negotiate, advance our interests, and work to find common solutions to complex problems. That’s what they do. And they do it extremely well, with great integrity, with hard work. And I want to just underscore that in the complex world in which we live, the work that U.S. diplomats do here in the United Nations and around the world is indispensible to our national security and substantially advances our shared interests in international peace and security.
"I’m not going to get into commenting on classified material or alleged classified material and its contents. I have said what I’m going to say on that topic.
"I can say with confidence that American diplomats here at the United Nations and around the world will continue to do with – excellently the work they do every day in supporting and advancing the interests of the United States, and I am confident that their ability to do so will endure and indeed strengthen.
"This has been a time when the United States, under President Obama’s leadership, has made enormous progress in repairing and rebuilding our relationships with partners and allies around the world. It’s a time when we’ve come together here in the United Nations and many other fora to tackle issues from proliferation, to terrorism, to environmental degradation and climate change, and we’ve done so in a way that has been helpful to the interests and the wellbeing of the American people and indeed people around the world. We’re very proud of that work, and we’re going to continue to do it. Thank you very much." Full Text»