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Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Secretary Clinton and Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini Before Their Meeting
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
February 27, 2009


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SECRETARY CLINTON: Good morning.

FOREIGN MINISTER FRATTINI: Good morning.

SECRETARY CLINTON: I am pleased to welcome the Italian foreign minister. It’s always good to see our friends from Italy – reliable partners and leaders on so many important issues. We have a very broad agenda to discuss, and I am delighted that we could have this opportunity.

FOREIGN MINISTER FRATTINI: Thank you very much. I am very grateful to Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton to have the opportunity to discuss very important points. I’m here, first of all, to confirm the full commitment of Italy, of the Italian Government, to work completely and very closely with the United States on international issues that are of common interest, ranging from Afghanistan and Pakistan, to Middle East, nonproliferation, and of course, strengthening Euro-Atlantic ties.

Thank you very much.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you so much, Minister Frattini.

FOREIGN MINISTER FRATTINI: Thank you.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you all.

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PRN: 2009/171

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