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SECRETARY BLINKEN:  I just want to say how wonderful it is to be here with the foreign minister.  We had a chance to speak on the phone immediately upon her assuming the – assuming office, but this is our first chance to actually connect in person.  The relationship, the partnership between our countries is so vital, and we have a lot to talk about.  I think you probably found what I found when I took on these responsibilities – the inbox is pretty high.  But we’re very glad to be working so closely with you, with the chancellor on some – the many things that we have on our agenda.  So very good to be with you.

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