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The photos are not from the embassy meet-and-greet but rather from an event with FM Medelci when they inspected an honor guard.

Remarks at the Meeting With Staff and Families of Embassy Algiers

Remarks

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Embassy Algiers
Algiers, Algeria
October 29, 2012

 AMBASSADOR ENSHER: Good afternoon. Thanks very much, and we are just so honored again to have the Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton with us again, the second time in a year. It’s only a very small number of countries who have the privilege of hosting the Secretary twice in a year, and it’s a reflection on all of you that she chose to come back here again, and because you’ve done such a splendid job and we’ve made a lot of progress.

I’m going to take one more second to say something that I hope will not embarrass you unduly, ma’am, but I’ve been in this business for 30 years. It’s more than half my life. And I can tell you that this is the best Secretary of State I’ve ever worked for or hope to work for – thought about that a lot – stands as a peer with the great predecessors of the past, including at least one who has gone on to higher office; I can say that. But it’s a privilege and a historical moment to have the Secretary of State with us here today. Thank you, ma’am. (Applause.)

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you. Well, I have to say it is wonderful to be back here, and it is because of this relationship and how critically important it is, and because of you, starting with the Ambassador who has worked so hard, and all of you, every single one of you, because it’s clear to me that we are building a stronger and deeper relationship.

I seem to have a habit of visiting at busy times, and the last time I was here you had just weathered a blizzard. I had to rush out of Washington before the hurricane came, so we were both struggling with weather. And later this week, you will have the privilege to help celebrate the 58th anniversary of Algeria’s independence movement, an anniversary that reminds us of how important freedom is and how significant the progress that Algeria has made as a nation, and the extraordinary aspirations and hard work of the Algerian people to achieve that.

I understand from the Ambassador that, next week, you’ll be hosting an election-watching party for people as we have our presidential elections. And I know, too, that it’s not just what you do here in Algiers; it’s what you do across the country. In fact, I think that you’ve been personally to all 48 provinces.

AMBASSADOR ENSHER: Working on it.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Working on it, good. And I think that none of us goes alone. We all go because of the support that we receive from such a great team.

I’d like to also thank you for the work that went into the first-ever U.S.-Algeria Strategic Dialogue in Washington last week. The Algerians were extremely happy, all of the officials that we met with, and we were extremely happy. We thought it was an important exchange of views on a range of issues, and it’s impressive how much you’ve done to help advance our bilateral relationship in such a short period of time.

I think that there is no limit to what this relationship can become, and it’s one that we particularly value. Just over lunch now with the President and others, we were talking about how our relationship actually goes back to 1795. There have been some differences along the road, but that is a long time back, at the very beginning of our nation, when the then-leadership and people of Algeria recognized us and we reciprocated.

I also want to recognize our Algerian staff. Will all of our Algerian staff please raise your hands so we can give you a round of applause that is very, very (inaudible) deserved? (Applause.) Because I have to confess, that despite the very nice comments by the Ambassador, secretaries of State come and go, and ambassadors come and go, and DCMs and political officers and economic officers and consular affairs – really, it’s our locally employed staff, our Foreign Service Nationals, who form the heart of any mission anywhere, and that is particularly true here. You are the memory banks, the nerve center, of what we do year after year.

You also know that diplomacy is inherently risky in today’s world. There are so many – unfortunately, so many people and organizations and forces that don’t want people to learn to understand each other better, who don’t want people to live peacefully together, who just don’t understand that we’re all here doing the best we can, and we need to help each other. And I think that what you do in diplomacy and outreach sends that message every single day.

So I thank you all. And to the Americans who are here, I thank you and I thank your families. Being posted far from home, whether you are civilian or military, whether you are Foreign Service or Civil Service, whatever agency or department you represent, I am extremely proud of you and very grateful. And what I’d like to do now is, starting down there, shake as many of your hands as I possibly can to express my appreciation personally.

And you also have an RSO who I know very well. (Laughter.) Nicole was one of my (inaudible) Diplomatic Security people. (Applause.) I was very sorry to lose her to Algeria. She was very happy to go. (Laughter.) She had been looking forward to it, and I’m delighted to see her here. Thank you.

Thank you all very much. (Applause.)

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Remarks Following the Meeting With President Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Remarks

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
El Mouradia Palace
Algiers, Algeria
October 29, 2012

   

SECRETARY CLINTON: First, let me say how pleased I am to be back in Algeria and to have this chance to consult in depth with the President and (inaudible). I want to thank the President for his hospitality in the time that he has spent talking with me and that we will continue over lunch. We reviewed our strong bilateral relationship, including the fact we had an excellent Strategic Dialogue on a number of issues just last week in Washington.

And we had an in-depth discussion of the region, particularly the situation in Mali. I very much appreciated the President’s analysis, based on his long experience, as to the many complicated factors that have to be addressed to deal with the internal insecurity in Mali and the terrorist and drug trafficking threat that is posed to the region and beyond. And we have agreed to continue with in-depth expert discussions, to work together bilaterally and with the region – along with the United Nations, and the African Union, and ECOWAS – to determine the most effective approaches that we should be taking.

So again, I thank the President for his time and very helpful observations, and I look forward to continuing our discussion on a matter that is of particular interest to us both.

Thank you very much.

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Algerian FM Medelci greets US Secretary of State Clinton in Algiers
Reuters via Yahoo! News – Oct 29 03:16am

Public Schedule for October 29, 2012

Public Schedule

Washington, DC
October 29, 2012

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
PUBLIC SCHEDULE
MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2012

SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

Secretary Clinton is on foreign travel to Algiers, Algeria. Secretary Clinton is accompanied by Assistant Secretary Gordon, Assistant Secretary Jones, Ambassador Benjamin, Ambassador Marshall, Spokesperson Nuland, Director Sullivan, and Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for European Affairs Liz Sherwood Randall. Please click here for more information.

1:00 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in Algiers, Algeria.
(CAMERA SPRAY PRECEDING MEETING)

2:30 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton participates in a working lunch with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in Algiers, Algeria.
(CAMERA SPRAY AT THE TOP)

4:20 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with the staff and families of Embassy Algiers, in Algiers, Algeria.
(POOLED PRESS COVERAGE)

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On the heels of her birthday weekend, and with a nasty storm heading in, Mme. Secretary is scheduled to travel early this week.  As always, we wish her a safe journey.

Secretary Clinton to Travel to Algeria and the Balkans

Press Statement

Victoria Nuland
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 24, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, and Croatia from October 29 to November 2.

On October 30 in Algeria, the Secretary will consult with President Bouteflika on issues of bilateral and regional concern and will follow up the productive discussions on economic and security cooperation at the U.S-Algeria Strategic Dialogue held in Washington on October 19.

The Secretary will then travel to the Balkans to demonstrate the enduring U.S. interest, commitment and support for its future in the European and Euro-Atlantic community.  She will be joined by Baroness Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Kosovo.

In Sarajevo, the Secretary and High Representative Ashton will underline the urgent need for party leaders to serve the interests of the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina and accomplish necessary reforms, and will stress the immutability of the international community’s commitment to the Dayton Peace Accords.

In both Belgrade and Pristina, in addition to discussing issues of bilateral interest, Secretary Clinton and High Representative Ashton will reiterate U.S.-EU resolve for Serbia and Kosovo to build on previous agreements and advance their dialogue, as well as to encourage concrete steps that will allow those countries to progress on their respective paths to EU membership.

In Tirana, the Secretary will highlight solidarity with NATO ally Albania and help mark the 100th anniversary of Albanian independence with an address to the Parliament, while marking the critical need for greater political cooperation and the rule of law.

In Zagreb, Secretary Clinton will discuss Croatia’s role as a NATO ally, its upcoming entry to the European Union in 2013, and its economic situation.

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As you all know,  Hillary Clinton celebrated her 65th birthday today,  and while she was closed to the press according to her official daily schedule, the media found some very creative and entertaining ways to celebrate this milestone.   Here are a few of the very lovely “birthday cards” the media sent her today.

This birthday tribute from CBS News  is sweet and contains a little more footage from Haiti that we never got to see.  The embed code does not work here,  unfortunately.

Hillary Clinton Turns 65

Not to be outdone, ABC News offered this.

Instant Index: Hillary Clinton Celebrates Birthday; Arnold Reprises ‘Conan’

The Christian Science Monitor offered quotations – always handy for Hillary loyalists to have.

Hillary Clinton: 10 quotes on her birthday

Fashion took the front seat  as Today paid tribute to her fashion sense.

Happy 65th birthday to fearless fashion maven Hillary Clinton!

John Moore / Getty Images

Looking good: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who turns 65 Friday, speaks to participants of the Clinton Global Initiative meeting on Sept. 24 in New York City.

By Rina Raphael, TODAY

She’s a serious, well-respected and beloved U.S. Secretary of State, but that doesn’t mean Hillary Clinton doesn’t know how to cut loose and hit the dance floor.

Apart from the success and talent, one reason many adore Hillary, who turns 65 Friday, is that she isn’t afraid to show her fun, feminine side to the public. She’s also a fearless fashion risk-taker, having braved headbands, scrunchies and neon accessories in the last few years.

Read more >>>>

Celebuzz celebrated those luscious pantsuits we love on her so much with a great photo gallery.

Happy Birthday, Hillary Clinton: Celebrate the Secretary of State’s Colorful Style (GALLERY)

Hillary Clinton turns 65 today, and to celebrate, we’re taking a look back at her much talked-about style over the years.

Though Clinton has stepped up her style since her headband-wearing White House days, she’s remained loyal to her signature standby: the pantsuit.

Not that she’s been afraid to mix it up — she’s done the power suit in just about every color.

Read more and view the gallery!

HuffPo Style paid tribute to her fashions over her years in the public eye with a wonderful slideshow of 65 pictures for her 65 years.

Hillary Clinton’s Fashion: 65 Looks For 65 Years! (PHOTOS)

There’s no denying that 2012 was Hillary Clinton‘s Year Of Cool. There was the epic photo of the secretary of state fiddling with her Blackberry while wearing sunglasses and the subsequent “Texts from Hillary” meme. Then Hillary upped the ante by participating in the meme itself (she knows what “LOLZ” means!)… then went out partying in Colombia, dancing and taking swigs from a bottle of beer.

And she did it all in style. Hillary, who celebrates her 65th on Friday, has always had a distinct fashion sense, one that both incorporates trends (hello, giant glasses) and stays true to who she is (what up, pantsuits). Even when naysayers diss her scrunchies or critics question her no-makeup look, Hillz sticks to what works: tailored pants, structured jackets, statement jewelry, hair accessories and stunna shades.

Read more and see the great slideshow!

The SanFrancisco Chronicle offered this lovely retrospective.

  • A fixture in American politics for 20 years, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton on Friday turned 65. Take a look back at one of the most influential politicians of her generation. Photo: Getty Images / SL
    A fixture in American politics for 20 years, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton on Friday turned 65. Take a look back at one of the most influential politicians of her generation. Photo: Getty Images /

Foreign Policy offered their 14 favorite images.

Happy Birthday, Madam Secretary

Fourteen of the best images of Hillary Clinton as she celebrates her 65th birthday.

OCTOBER 26, 2012

Friday, Oct. 26, is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 65th birthday, and she’s certainly earned the right to celebrate. It’s been a busy year, from working on the crisis in Syria to whirlwind talks with world leaders at this year’s United Nations General Assembly. To celebrate Hill’s big day, here’s a look at some of our favorite photos of Clinton, from meme-sprouting snapshots to memories of times past.

Read more and see the slideshow.

 

 

I hope Mme. Secretary thoroughly enjoyed her birthday and will continue to over the weekend.  Meanwhile, I hope visitors here enjoy all the wonderful pictures and quotes these news outlets  gathered in tribute to our magnificent Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Public Schedule for October 26, 2012

Public Schedule

Washington, DC
October 26, 2012

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
PUBLIC SCHEDULE
FRIDAY OCTOBER 26, 2012

SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

12:00:00 a.m. to 11:59:59 p.m. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Celebrates Her Birthday.
(DOESN’T GET MORE CLOSED PRESS THAN THIS)

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Dear Mme. Secretary,

I know you will be missing your mom this year.  Every time your birthday rolls around I have always been thankful that she gave you to us.

Thank you for all the hard work and long hours you dedicate to your job.   You deserve a perfectly lovely birthday.  Have a wonderful 65th and many, many more.

Appreciatively,

Still4Hill

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