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Remarks With Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja Before Their Meeting


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Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
February 16, 2012

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SECRETARY CLINTON: Good afternoon, everyone. I am so pleased to welcome the Finnish Foreign Minister here to the State Department. I have had the opportunity to be with him on a few multilateral occasions, but it’s a special pleasure to have him here so that we can have a bilateral discussion as well, of course, talking about many regional and global issues that are of concern to us.

On a personal note, I want to thank the foreign minister and the ambassador of Finland for an excellent program they held earlier today at the Finnish Embassy about women and security and other matters related to our mutual commitment to enhancing the roles and rights of women and girls around the world.

Thank you, Minister.

FOREIGN MINISTER TUOMIOJA: Thank you.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you so much for being here.

FOREIGN MINISTER TUOMIOJA: I’m very pleased to be here.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you.



PRN: 2012/240



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