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Remarks With Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini Before Their Meeting

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
May 7, 2009


Date: 05/07/2009 Description: Remarks by Secretary Clinton and Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini Before Their Meeting. State Dept Photo
Well, this is a special treat to have the Italian foreign minister here today. We have so many common concerns. We’re working on a lot of important issues together. I’ve had the great pleasure of having seen Franco for -- numerous times since I’ve been Secretary of State, so I feel like he’s a very old friend.


SECRETARY CLINTON: We’ll have some important matters to discuss this afternoon, and I think that we’ll make some additional progress. And particularly we’re going to speak about some of the ideas we have to assist Italy in recovering the earthquake.

FOREIGN MINISTER FRATTINI: Thank you. Thank you very much, Hillary. It’s a special pleasure to be here once again and, first of all, to thank you and the Government of the United States on behalf of Italy for the solidarity shown to the victims of the tragic earthquake in Abruzzo. Thank you very much, Hillary. Thanks to you, thanks to America for this.

We will have opportunity to talk about issues of common interest, ranging from Afghanistan, to Pakistan, to Middle East. I have to say there is an excellent and very fruitful cooperation between Italy, Europe and the United States. Thanks a lot.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you all very much.


PRN: 2009/433


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