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Passing of Argentina’s Former President Nestor Kirchner

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
October 27, 2010


I offer my deepest condolences to the people of Argentina and President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on the passing of former President Nestor Kirchner. As President of Argentina and Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations, Nestor Kirchner was an advocate for the citizens of Argentina and a leading voice for South American integration.

During my visit to Buenos Aires earlier this year, President Fernandez de Kirchner and I reaffirmed the deep friendship between our countries, and as friends, the United States mourns with all Argentines. They have lost a leader and the Kirchner family has lost a beloved husband and father. Today our thoughts and prayers are with the President and her children.

Hillary did not take even two hours after I got the news and posted about this, her statement came through.

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Wow! This just came across the ticker as a huge shock to me.

Former Argentine president Kirchner dies

By Jude Webber in Buenos Aires and John Paul Rathbone in London

Published: October 27 2010 19:34 | Last updated: October 27 2010 19:34

Argentine stocks saw their biggest rise in two years and benchmark sovereign bonds soared after Néstor Kirchner, 60, the former president and husband of current president Cristina Fernández, died of a heart attack and investors bet that the country’s “Kirchner era” was drawing to a close.

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I immediately thought of Hillary. I hope nothing like this ever happens to her. She has had those two scares, and she took them rather hard from what I could see.  I am glad President Clinton is being so careful with his diet.

I feel awful for President Kirchner, pictured below with Hillary in the Casa Rosada this past April. It is so sad.   The Kirchners represent the Justicialista Party founded by the Pérons.  The article comes from the Financial Times, so I am not surprised that the focus is on what investors are betting hoping.  I think that after the 65th anniversary this month of this party winning its first presidential election, it is foolish to bet against them.

In the end, though, all politics aside, my heart goes out to the President of Argentina as I am sure Hillary’s does as well. My prayers are with her and her family.

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The Secretary of State spent a very busy day in Washington today, and while I shared a few of these in the posts about some of these events, I thought the readers here might enjoy seeing all of them. Her day started at 9:30 with remarks to the press regarding her efforts to obtain Congressional ratification of the New START Treaty. She then met with Argentina’s new Foreign Minister Hector Timerman (dressed to match the Argentine flag – always impressive). The videos and texts of the remarks at both of these events are in earlier posts from today. The Daily Schedule provided by the State Department Press Office did not show three meetings that she attended at the White House later in the day. There are two pictures here of the last,  in the Situation Room with the National Security team. That meeting began at 5 p.m. It was a long, active day, but Mme. Secretary looked as awesome at the end as she had at the beginning – beautiful, stylish, very executive, if you know what I mean. 😀

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Hector Timerman has an interesting background. He is the son of the late  Jacobo Timerman, a journalist and author whose exposés of Argentina’s “Dirty War” led to his arrest and ultimately his exile in Israel for awhile. His book, Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number, was a best seller in the 1980s. His son, the FM mentions walking into this building to request political asylum.

I also wanted to point out, since some people fail to see my point,  Mme. Secretary’s “flag-diplomacy” today.  Yes, the colors of the pantsuits have a purpose!  She matches the Argentine flag.  It is a gesture people take very positively.  She is brilliant and well as beautiful.

Remarks With Argentinean Foreign Minister Hector Timerman After Their Meeting

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
August 11, 2010

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, good morning.
SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, let me first welcome the foreign minister. I’m delighted that he could find time to come for this visit so soon in his tenure as the new foreign minister. And he is a very familiar and welcome presence here in Washington, where he previously served as ambassador. He worked at that time to strengthen and deepen the bilateral relationship between our countries. And I know that in his new position as foreign minister, he and I will be working closely together.
Our two nations have a close history of cooperation and I was delighted in March to meet with President Fernandez de Kirchner and discuss a broad range of issues. And today, we built on that discussion in a very productive and constructive meeting.
I want to begin by thanking Argentina for its important contributions to peacekeeping efforts around the world, especially in Haiti. And in the wake of the terrible earthquake there, Argentina has been a vital contributor to the rebuilding and recovery efforts. Argentina and the United States cooperate closely in the fight against terrorism. Argentina, of course, has been a victim of terrorist attacks on its own soil. And we support Argentina’s pursuit of justice for those tragic and deplorable acts.
We appreciate Argentina’s leadership when it comes to nonproliferation, and Argentina will host one of the preparatory meetings for the next Nuclear Security Summit. We’ve begun to expand our relationship in the areas of science, energy, and health. And I’m pleased to announce that Argentina and the United States will host our first joint committee meeting on science cooperation in Buenos Aires this September.
And this year marks the 200th anniversary of Argentina’s path to independence, so let me, on behalf of the United States, congratulate Argentina and commit to making our relationship for the next 200 years one of cooperation, partnership, and friendship.
FOREIGN MINISTER TIMERMAN: Thank you very much, Madam. (Via interpreter) I will speak in Spanish for the Argentinean press.
First of all, I would like to express the happiness that we feel by being here in D.C., having this opportunity to meet with you, and also to have this dialogue which serves to ratify the good relationship that exists between both countries. The first time I walked into this building, it was actually to ask for political asylum, so I know the work that the U.S. has done in defense of human rights during the dictatorship in Argentina, and that is something that the people of Argentina and I myself will never forget and always appreciate.
Secretary Clinton and I then had an opportunity to discuss the situation in Latin America. We also discussed the role played by Argentina in building consensus in the region, a consensus which can serve to facilitate a peaceful end to any conflict that occurs in the region. I think that is a very important point, that it should be the region itself that should solve its own problems, any problems that arise between its sister nations. So we are pleased with the dialogue currently being held between President Santos and President Chavez, and we hope that it ends any violent situation along the border.
Also, we expressed our commitment to enhance our work in the sphere of human rights. Both countries share this very important value. We also discussed nuclear security. We in Argentina feel that proliferation is something that must be avoided. Argentina is, in fact, a leader as far as the civilian or peaceful use of nuclear energy. We also discussed issues of discrimination and the protection of human rights. We work closely with the United States and other countries on this topic, and the U.S. Administration has shown great leadership in combating discrimination and we will continue to cooperate on that issue.
Lastly, two other issues that we discussed with Secretary Clinton: One issue is a very important one of increasing the bilateral trade between both countries. Argentina is especially interested in products such as meat and lemons. As you know, Argentina has lots of products that could be used to expand and broaden trade between both countries. Lastly, we also discussed the issue of the consultative meetings which will take place at some point before the end of this year here in D.C. The U.S. and Argentina will hold the bilateral talks on a variety of topics related to our government (inaudible) we will seek to establish guidelines for our future work.
And lastly, I just want to thank the Secretary for her kindness in welcoming me here today.
SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you so much.
MR. CROWLEY: We have time for two quick questions. First one, Claudia Jackson[1] from Bloomberg.
QUESTION: Madam Secretary, have you had a chance to speak to Mitchell about his meeting with Netanyahu? How optimistic are you that START talks will be able to start in September?
SECRETARY CLINTON: I just received a report right before coming out, and Senator Mitchell met with Prime Minister Netanyahu for about two hours today. It was a good, productive meeting. And we continue to work closely with both sides to get to direct talks as soon as possible.
MR. CROWLEY: And Melisa Cabo from Télam.
QUESTION: Hello, Minister of Foreign Relations of Argentina, Mr. Timerman. Madam Secretary, Hillary Clinton, thank you very much for giving us this opportunity. I will ask my question in Spanish if you don’t mind. (In Spanish.)
(Via interpreter) First of all, if I may, I would like to ask a question – this is for both of you regarding the conflict in Colombia and – between Colombia and Venezuela. Could you speak to the role that the countries of South America have played in achieving a peaceful resolution to this country? And as a follow-up, could you also please – both of you – comment on the role that Argentina plays in the region?
FOREIGN MINISTER TIMERMAN: (Via interpreter) Well, as you know, yesterday there was a very important meeting held between the new president of Colombia, Mr. Santos, as well as the President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez. This was held in Santa Marta, Colombia. Present at that meeting was former president of Argentina and now the chair and president of UNASUR Nestor Kirchner, and this whole work is the fruit of the labor of all the different countries of South America through UNASUR. Excuse me.
And it is our belief that dialogue is the way to achieve this. We believe in dialogue, in giving dialogue priority in working jointly, in being – accepting toward different philosophies of government and not letting that become an impediment to a solution. And of course, above all, respect for each country’s sovereignty. And we focus on peace above all as a solution. And I think the dialogue then has achieved that. As you know, even before President Santos became president, he went on a tour. He traveled to several countries, including Argentina, and he met with the president of Argentina there and that was where, in fact, the outline of this dialogue took place. And you can see the results that two days into his presidency he has held this meeting, which has achieved what we hope to be the beginning of a good relationship between both countries or the end of the bad relationship between both countries.
SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, the United States appreciates the constructive, positive role that Argentina is playing in encouraging a peaceful resolution of the issues between Colombia and Venezuela.
And we will continue to support those efforts, as I told the minister in our meeting, and hope that this outreach by President Santos and the reception by President Chavez leads to some positive resolution of the longstanding issues.
Thank you all very much.

[1] Flavia Jackson

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This is what I was talking about yesterday with my Venezuela post! Happy Birthday Argentina, Mexico, Chile, and ALL OF THE AMERICAS!!!!  And you GO @WHAAsstSecty!  You rock!  Just like the SOS!

Denver Biennial: Partnering to Celebrate Democracy in the Americas

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
July 6, 2010

The U.S. Department of State has partnered with the Denver Biennial of the Americas to celebrate the shared history, values, culture, and interests that link the nations of our hemisphere. We are especially honored to support their efforts as Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Mexico celebrate 200 years of independence in 2010, as will most other Latin American nations by 2025.

The Americas Roundtable series is the Denver Biennial’s primary public dialogue component. Roundtable topics will include education, women as drivers of the new economy, poverty reduction, energy and climate change and others. Featured participants include U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela, U.S. Representative to the OAS Ambassador Carmen Lomellin, U.S. Ambassador to Colombia William Brownfield, U.S. Ambassador to Honduras Hugo Llorens and U.S. Ambassador to Argentina Vilma Martinez. Involving citizens from most of the 35 countries in the Western Hemisphere, the Americas Roundtable is designed as a public call to action, seeking to identify common challenges, seek joint opportunities, and promote collaboration.

In an effort to open up the dialogue to as many participants from around the region and the world as possible, roundtables from July 6 – 8 will be live streamed in both Spanish and English. We welcome questions, comments and ideas from throughout the hemisphere via these platforms, Twitter (@WHAAsstSecty @thebiennial) or Facebook. We also encourage you to follow the Denver Biennial here.

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Secretary Clinton and Argentine Foreign Minister Taiana Sign U.S.-Argentina Megaports Agreement to Prevent Nuclear Smuggling

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 13, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana today signed an agreement to begin a cooperative effort to detect, deter, and interdict illicit smuggling of nuclear and other radioactive material. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu was in attendance. The agreement came on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit, in Washington, D.C.

The agreement paves the way for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to work with Argentine Customs to install radiation detection equipment and associated infrastructure at the Port of Buenos Aires.

The Megaports Agreement solidifies the United States’ and Argentina’s joint commitment to the safety and security of our nations. As part of NNSA’s Second Line of Defense Program’s Megaports Initiative, this agreement will help NNSA meet its goal of equipping 100 ports with radiation detection equipment.

The Megaports Initiative provides radiation detection equipment, training, and technical support to key international seaports to scan cargo containers for nuclear and other radioactive materials. The installation of radiation detection systems in Argentina represents a significant step forward for the Megaports Initiative, which is now operational at 30 ports around the world. Work is underway at additional ports in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

For more information on NNSA’s Megaports Initiative, click here.

Here are their remarks at the signing.

Signing of the Megaports Agreement

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Remarks With Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Enrique Taiana
Washington Convention Center
Washington, DC
April 13, 2010

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I am very pleased to be here with Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and to join Foreign Minister Taiana to sign this Megaports Agreement on behalf of our two countries. This launches a cooperative effort between the United States and Argentina to prevent the smuggling of nuclear and other radioactive materials. This pact paves the way for our government to work with Argentine customs, to install radiation detection equipment, and associated infrastructure at the Port of Buenos Aires.

And this is a very fitting occasion for us to be signing this agreement. The Megaports Initiative embodies the spirit and the substance of this summit. It aims to strengthen the capacity of governments to deter, detect, and interdict illicit trafficking in nuclear and other radioactive materials transiting the global shipping system. The initiative currently extends to 30 ports around the world with work underway at additional ports in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa.

So the agreement we signed today builds on this progress as we work toward our goal of equipping 100 key ports with radiation, detection equipment, and providing port personnel with training and technical support. It also builds on our cooperation with Argentina on nuclear nonproliferation and counterterrorism. Argentina is on the forefront of the fight for nuclear security. And with this signing, it will make yet another contribution to our common efforts to enhance the safety of our peoples and indeed of all people. It is a symbol not only of our shared commitment to the issue of nuclear security, but also of our strong bilateral partnership.

So thank you and please thank your president and your government for this important event, and I’d like to invite you to say a few words.

FOREIGN MINISTER TAIANA: Okay. Secretary Clinton, Secretary Chu, it’s really a good moment to be here at that summit and have the opportunity to sign this cooperation agreement. We were working on that for a while. But now, it’s now and time arrive and it’s, I think, like a way to show a practical outcome of this summit. This is a very practical cooperation agreement. We were to receive equipment and will be operated by our Argentines there and to avoid the possibility of illegal traffic of nuclear materials and radioactive materials.

I think that it is also good recognition of the level of some of our ports, particularly Port of Buenos Aires, Dock Sud, and Campana, that are the two ports that are contemplated in this agreement. And it’s not only a way to fight illegal nuclear trafficking, but also it’s a way to improve our trade and the dynamism and work of our ports. So I’m very happy to sign it here and thank you, Hillary, for this opportunity.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much.

MODERATOR: The Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Argentine Republic are signing the Megaport Initiative Agreement Concerning Cooperation to Prevent the Illicit Trafficking in Nuclear and Other Radioactive Materials.

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With the Empire tumblin’ down, let no Paddies back the Crown! Las Islas Malvinas Argentina!

My prayer. Let there be peace on earth.

y prayer

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These remarks were embedded in the post of the full text of Secretary Clinton’s Remarks with President Fernandez de Kirchner from last night. I am not sure of the extent to which younger people understand just how explosive this sovereignty issue is. I posted something about our position here: In The Bud: Las Islas Malvinas / Falklands and U.S. caught in the middle (again), and as you can see in the comments, there is even a claim that neither the U.K. nor Argentina can claim them since, in the commenter’s view, historically that land belongs to Uruguay.

The dispute erupted into serious armed conflict in 1982 despite valiant efforts by Secretary of State Haig to prevent it. We (the Reagan administration) did nothing to endear ourselves to Argentina by providing limited miltary support once war broke out. Perhaps we did not care so much then since Argentina was under the rule of a military junta (which enjoyed a brief moment of support from the Argentine people, despite its murderous record, at the possibility of regaining the islands). Today is different.

Argentina is a democracy, a neighbor, and a friend. The U.K. is also a very good friend. Based on what my commenter said, Uruguayans, also our friends, may harbor certain proprietary claims on the islands. Of course the first time around, most of us were certain that this dispute was not about wool. It was not and is not. It is about petroleum, of course. But especially now, we do well to remain neutral. Our friends need to work out their differences, and we hope it will be done peacefully. It is never a good idea to get in the middle of an argument between friends.

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More from the Casa Rosada: How could it get any better? THIS press briefing on Day One of Women’s History Month! Women making history – how cool is this? Women’s History Month is off to a roaring start!

Remarks With Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
La Casa Rosada
Buenos Aires, DC, Argentina
March 1, 2010

PRESIDENT DE KIRCHNER: (Via interpreter) (In progress) meeting with Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State of the USA, where we addressed different matters of common interest to our countries. (Inaudible) very much for being in our country (inaudible) overnight here in Argentina, too. We consider that a very good gesture for our country. And we both showed great articulation as to our presence, for instance, in (inaudible), where we could reassert the commitment of both countries. (Inaudible) as to humanitarian aid (inaudible) Haiti, and we have agreed (inaudible) a more thorough strategic (inaudible).

And we also reasserted the historic commitment, the (inaudible) commitment of Argentina to fight against terrorism. As I always say, the U.S. and Argentina are the only two countries in all the (inaudible) that have suffered more than (inaudible). Therefore, both countries have a very strong commitment in this regard and we have reasserted such commitment. And we have also addressed our future participation in the meeting in Washington (inaudible).

And we’ve also talked about the problems of our region. At the end of the meeting, I also thanked her for making public those documents related to the dictatorship in Argentina. And we also requested the U.S. to (inaudible) the issue between Great Britain and (inaudible), so that we can sit down at the table and discuss sovereignty over (inaudible) Malvinas, taking into the interests of the inhabitants of the islands, as stated in the different resolutions adopted by (inaudible) from 1975 (inaudible).

And I (inaudible) to Madam Secretary. It’s been a very pleasant, very respectful (inaudible). She was a senator in – with the state of New York. I visited her in her office. And then we met at the Democratic Convention (inaudible). And on this occasion too, it’s been a very warm and friendly meeting.

MODERATOR: Madam Secretary.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much, Madam President, for your hospitality and the warm welcome. I am delighted to be back in Argentina, and I thank you for the very warm, broad, comprehensive discussion that we just completed. This is not the first time that we have met, and I especially appreciate the opportunity to discuss with you everything from our joint commitment to help both the people of Haiti and the people of Chile recover from their earthquakes, and to reaffirm our historic ties and the common values and goals that we both feel so strongly about.

I thanked the president for the excellent work that is done by the Argentine doctors and peacekeepers in Haiti. I also thanked her for the leadership that Argentina has shown in reducing and standing against the threat of terrorism, as well as the leadership that your country has demonstrated when it comes to nuclear proliferation. As the president said, both of our countries share the very tragic history of being victims of terrorism, which I think makes us very strong in acting together along with other partners to rid the world of this scourge.

We look forward to the president’s participation in the nuclear security summit hosted by President Obama in Washington in April. We discussed the threat that Iran poses to the nonproliferation goal that both of our countries are committed to pursuing. And we also discussed in depth the economic crisis that has confronted the world and the role that Argentina and the United States are playing in the G-20 to strengthen the global financial system.

So, Madam President, we have a very full agenda before us. Before I conclude, I would just mention one matter that we did not discuss in our very extensive meeting: the upcoming World Cup in South Africa. (Laughter.) Argentina doesn’t need it, but we wish your team good luck, unless, of course, you play the United States. (Laughter.)

So thank you again, Madam President. And let me convey my best wishes for Argentina’s bicentennial celebration in May, and for your continued commitment to democracy and human rights, to economic and social inclusion. Argentina remains an inspiration and a model to people throughout our hemisphere.

QUESTION: (In Spanish.)

And for the Secretary, it’s about the Falklands. The – President Fernandez talked about possible friendly mediation. Would the U.S. be considered – would the U.S. (inaudible) consider some kind of mediation role between the UK and Argentina over the Falklands? Thank you.

PRESIDENT DE KIRCHNER: (Via interpreter) (Inaudible) what we have (inaudible) by both countries as a friendly country of both Argentina and the UK, so as to get both countries to sit down at the table and address these negotiations within the framework of the UN resolutions strictly. We do not want to move away from that in any letter whatsoever, any comma, of what has been stated by dozens of UN resolutions and resolutions by its decolonization committee. That’s the only thing we’ve asked for, just to have them sit down at the table and negotiate. I don’t think that’s too much, really, in a very conflicted and controversial world, complex in terms.

SECRETARY CLINTON: And we agree. We would like to see Argentina and the United Kingdom sit down and resolve the issues between them across the table in a peaceful, productive way.

QUESTION: (Via interpreter) To the Secretary of State, good evening on behalf of all the journalists here. I was just wondering what made you change your mind and include Argentina, that was not originally envisaged in your schedule, and whether this will give the president the possibility, then, of meeting with President Obama, as he’s been considering holding meetings with several countries – Latin American countries?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I’m very pleased that I was able to come to Buenos Aires and have this very long, productive meeting, spend the night, and have the pleasure of being here once again. I know that President de Kirchner will be coming to Washington, and there will be an opportunity to discuss future meetings. But I’m very pleased that I had the opportunity for this meeting today.

PRESIDENT DE KIRCHNER: (Via interpreter) And if you’ll allow me, I’d like to add something to this answer. I only hold special appointments with my husband, President Kirchner. (Laughter.)

QUESTION: (In Spanish.)

INTERPRETER: The journalist was just asking how the U.S. intends to negotiate to get the United Kingdom to sit at the table and address the Malvinas issue. And he was then asking about this setting up of the fund. So, what’s the reserves of the country?

SECRETARY CLINTON: As to the first point, we want very much to encourage both countries to sit down. Now we cannot make either one do so, but we think it is the right way to proceed.

As to the first point, we want very much to encourage both countries to sit down. Now, we cannot make either one do so, but we think it is the right way to proceed. So we will be saying this publicly, as I have been, and we will continue to encourage exactly the kind of discussion across the table that needs to take place.

I’m sorry, I don’t know what fund we’re referring to.

QUESTION: He was talking about the fund that is set up or was going to be set up with a reserve (inaudible). What do you think about Argentina using its reserves to set up a fund to settle foreign debt?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I think that Argentina has made a tremendous amount of progress in paying down its debt. And the president and I were talking about the progress, which is very dramatic, just in the last several years. And I confessed to her that so far as I know, based on the figures, Argentina’s debt-to-GDP ratio is a lower percentage now than the United States debt-to-GDP ratio. So however Argentina is doing it, it’s working. (Laughter.)

QUESTION: I have a question for President de Kirchner. Madam President, just days before this trip, you appeared on CNN and said that in Latin America there had been some sense of disappointment about the first year of the Obama Administration. I’m wondering if in your discussions with Secretary Clinton, if you touched on this disappointment at all, if perhaps Secretary Clinton was able to change your mind about it, and if you had any suggestions about how to avoid similar disappointments in the coming years. Thank you.

PRESIDENT DE KIRCHNER: (Via interpreter) I hardly talk about my CNN interview with the Secretary of State. I don’t usually talk about my interviews with the media (inaudible). It would be sort of dangerous for me to tell her what I think and for her to tell me what she says to the media. But we did talk about what triggered that question at the CNN, which was the Honduras issue, where, as you all know, both countries hold different stances. Far from turning (inaudible) into two people that cannot reach agreement, turns us into very serious (inaudible) where we can discuss our points of agreement and things on which we do not agree. This is not only – or not only goes to the relationship (inaudible), but also between (inaudible) civilized, democratic (inaudible). So we can have common points of view on very serious problems and disagree on how we approach other problems (inaudible) serious, responsible, and mature manner. These are the three (inaudible) to live in a civilized world, and both countries aspire to attain that.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Could I just add to the president’s comments? We had a very frank exchange of views about our different perceptions of Honduras. And as the president said, I appreciated the opportunity to explain why we believe that the free and fair elections which have elected the new president in Honduras means it’s time to turn the page. The difficult period Honduras went through, we hope is now over.

But in any event, the way we were able to discuss this important issue illustrates the importance of our two countries remaining in close touch and constant consultation. Where we agree is so much greater than where we disagree. Thank you again, Madam President.

PRESIDENT DE KIRCHNER: Thank you, Madam Secretary (inaudible) and good evening to all of you. Thank you.

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Earlier today, as I was able to grab a few minutes here and there, I posted a series of pictures from Secretary Clinton’s day in Uruguay.  Well, there was a plethora of pictures from today by the time I got home, so these are some more I want to share.

Here she is arriving in Montevideo.  When she travels, I really like to have the obligatory arrival picture.  She has a way of walking down those steps.

She also has a way of walking the tarmac..
This next series show her with outgoing Uruguayan President Tabare Vaquez.  I love their greeting. 

She also met with the President of Paraguay, Fernando Lugo.

She attended the inauguration at the Legialative Palace.

Originally, she was also  supposed to meet with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in Uruguay and then to leave after the inauguration for Chile, however, those plans changed today.  Instead of meeting with Kirchner in Uruguay, and instead of going directly to Chile, she flew, instead to Buenos Aires, and was received by Kirchner there.  (Upcoming separate post on this because there’s just more history to that than I want to handle in this post.)  She will visit Chile tomorrow.  Apparently that stop has been attenuated to some extent, but she certainly will meet with President Michelle Bachelet and President-elect Sebastian Pinera.

So this afternoon, she boarded her Hillforce One for the short hop to B.A.  (Ohhhh!  I wish I were there.  Someday, I HAVE to go to Argentina!)

Upcoming: Hillary with Cristina at the Casa Rosada. 

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