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Comments by Secretary Clinton About Zimbabwe and Somalia

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Pretoria, South Africa
August 7, 2009


Following meeting with South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane in Pretoria, South Africa, Secretary Clinton comments on Zimbabwe and Somalia.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Now we, as you know, are attempting to target the leadership of Zimbabwe with sanctions that we think might influence their behavior, without hurting the people of Zimbabwe and, during the recent visit to the United States of Prime Minister Tsvangirai, we talked with the president, with President Obama, and we made a commitment to try to provide more help on education and health, the kinds of things that the people of Zimbabwe deserve. So, we're going to be closely consulting as to how best to deal with what is a very difficult situation for South Africa and for the United States, but mostly for the people of Zimbabwe.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Right now we are focused on supporting the transition of federal government in Somalia against the threat of radical, violent extremists al-Shabab and their allies. The minister and I are well aware that al-Shabab is recruiting young Somalis from South Africa, Australia and the United States to become suicide bombers, to participate in their efforts to turn Somalia into a safe haven for terrorism, which the United States believes would not just threaten the Horn of Africa, but all of Africa and beyond.

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