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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


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.


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 With Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
January 12, 2012

SECRETARY CLINTON: Good morning, everyone, and it’s a pleasure to welcome Foreign Minister Medelci here to Washington for consultations. I’ve had the opportunity to work with him now and it’s a great tribute to the strong bilateral relationship between our two countries that we have ongoing consultations like this.

Our two nations have worked closely on security and economic issues, particularly counterterrorism, for more than a decade. Algeria is a charter member of the Global Counterterrorism Forum which we launched last September in New York. And we recently initiated a Counterterrorism Contact Group to further facilitate cooperation in the Sahel.

We discussed the evolving situation in Syria and the need to end the Assad government’s assault on its own people. Algeria has participated in the Arab League’s monitoring mission in Syria, but regrettably, the violence has not stopped. And we will continue to work with Algeria and all our partners in the Arab League to end the violence in Syria and to hold those responsible for the violence accountable.

We also discussed Algeria’s upcoming parliamentary elections and ongoing political reforms. The United States is committed to working with Algeria to support an open, free, democratic nation with a thriving civil society and institutions that give the Algerian people the future they so deserve.

We thanked Algeria for the support it has given to Tunisia and Libya. We encouraged greater cooperation with Morocco and an active role in the UN-led negotiations to resolve the conflict in Western Sahara.

So I appreciate this time together, Minister, and look forward to many more opportunities to work together.

FOREIGN MINISTER MEDELCI: (Via interpreter) Thank you very much, Madam Secretary. I was delighted to have this first meeting with you early in this new year, and I do hope that our upcoming meeting, our next meeting, will be in Algiers, where you are invited. And I can only applaud the quality of the discussions that we have had and we have, all working together to work on all of these sensitive and difficult issues, and we are all striving and working together to improve the conditions of the inhabitants of these regions.

And as I stated, Madam Secretary, Algeria will spare no effort to help improve our relations and the situation in the Maghreb and the countries of the Sahel. And of course, in order to do so, we are counting on the support of our partners, notably the United States.

We did indeed talk about the situation in Syria, and we did have a concurrence of views. Both sides denounced the violence which is taking place in Syria. And in this respect, the Arab League’s mission needs all of the support that it can get from its international partners. And notably, we pride on the fact that this mission benefits from the support from the United States.

And in this regard, I would like to take this opportunity to urge all parties in Syria, be it the government or the opposition, to work together with the Arab League in order to help solve this extremely complex problem and issue.

Algeria has acceded to the chairmanship of the Group of 77 of the United Nations since yesterday, and on this occasion I thought it would be most important that our very first meeting would be with you, Madam Secretary, because one of the major efforts that the Group of 77 wants to carry out in the future is to increase bridges between our group and our partners.

So let us express the wish that this year 2012 will be a better, more peaceful year than some recent years that we have experienced lately, and let’s hope that our cooperation between Algeria and the United States will grow even more strong and more intense. Thank you very much, Madam Secretary.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you, sir.


MS. NULAND: We’ll take two questions today, the first from Jill Dougherty at CNN.

QUESTION: Thank you, Madam Secretary. Just yesterday you were talking with us about the efforts by the United States to talk with the Taliban. And unfortunately, today we have this video of U.S. Marines apparently desecrating the bodies of dead Taliban. Is this going to complicate and make much more difficult talks with the Taliban? And have U.S. officials heard anything from the Taliban about that video?

And just one connected with the talks: You mentioned Mr. Grossman is – Ambassador Grossman will be there discussing this issue. Are you absolutely convinced that President Karzai is totally on board with these talks?

And then if I might, in our old tradition of adding one more important issue, which it really is – Pakistan, a lot of political instability there, the civilian government under pressure from the military. What is the U.S. doing to shore up that very fragile civilian government?

Thank you.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, Jill, first I want to express my total dismay at the story concerning our Marines, who I have the highest respect and admiration for. But I share completely the views expressed by Secretary Panetta earlier today. I join him in condemning the deplorable behavior that is reflected in this video. It is absolutely inconsistent with American values, with the standards of behavior that we expect from our military personnel and the vast, vast military personnel, particularly our Marines, hold themselves to. So I know Secretary Panetta has ordered a complete investigation of this incident. Anyone – anyone – found to have participated or known about it, having engaged in such conduct, must be held fully accountable.

Now with respect to the implications of this, as I said yesterday, the United States remains strongly committed to helping build a secure, peaceful, prosperous, democratic future for the people of Afghanistan. And we will continue to support efforts that will be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned to pursue the possibility of reconciliation and peace. We don’t have any idea standing here today what the outcome of such discussions could be. I think all of us are entering into it with a very realistic sense of what is possible, and that includes, of course, President Karzai and his government, which, after all, bear the ultimate responsibility and the consequences of any such discussions.

I’m not sure we need to interpret this.

Secondly, with respect to Pakistan, I was delighted to welcome the new ambassador here yesterday. She is someone that I’ve known for some time. My message to her was very straightforward: The U.S.-Pakistan relationship is crucial to both of our countries, to the future of our people, to the safety and security of South Asia and the world; we recognize there have been significant challenges in recent months, but we are steadfastly committed to this relationship and working together to make it productive.

So we will continue to do so, and we obviously have expressed a lot of concerns about what we see happening inside Pakistan. It has been our position to stand strongly in favor of a democratically elected civilian government, which we continue to do, and we expect Pakistan to resolve any of these internal issues in a just and transparent manner that upholds the Pakistani laws and constitution.

MS. NULAND: The next question is from (inaudible).

QUESTION: Thank you. How do you see the political reforms introduced by Algeria? And the second question: What is your position about Western Sahara question? Thank you.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, let me begin by saying that Algeria has undertaken very significant reforms, and we welcome those. We want to see Algeria having a strong democratic foundation that reflects the aspirations of the Algerian people. We commend the Government of Algeria’s recent efforts in that direction.

We will be eagerly watching the outcome of the parliamentary elections. I am pleased to hear that more women will be participating, and we are also very supportive of the Algerian Government’s invitation to international organizations to monitor the elections. And we’re also encouraged by the Algerian Government’s moves to open up the broadcast media so more voices can be heard, and we think that’s very much in keeping with the goal of greater democratization that the government has committed to.

And with regard to the Western Sahara, our policy has not changed. We continue to support efforts to find a peaceful, sustainable, mutually agreed upon solution to the conflict. We support the negotiations carried out by the United Nations, and we encourage all parties, including Algeria, to play an active role in trying to move toward a resolution.

Do you care to add anything, Minister?

FOREIGN MINISTER MEDELCI: (Via interpreter) Since no question was asked of me directly, I would probably just seize this opportunity to say that we are ready to work with all of our partners on development issues. And since indeed these upcoming elections are to take place, we are indeed ready to work with all of our partners.

With respect to the situation in Western Sahara, I don’t think I could have summarized it any better than you did, other than just to say that I just learned yesterday, in fact, that the secretary general of the United Nations is planning a meeting in February involving all parties concerned.


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Remarks With Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci Before Their Meeting


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
May 3, 2011

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SECRETARY CLINTON: Minister Medelci is here on behalf of a very important relationship that the United States has with Algeria. We are very grateful for the excellent cooperation that we receive on counterterrorism and security issues, as well as a growing list of bilateral matters that are of significance.


FOREIGN MINISTER MEDELCI: (Via interpreter) Madam Secretary, I’m very happy to be here with you today to talk about the excellent relations between our two countries. And I can confirm what you said – relations are excellent – and not only that, but they are going to be developing even more, so our cooperation will strengthen in terms of counterterrorism, but also issues of development for our country, for Algeria. And I’m very happy, again, to be able to meet with you today and your team to look at all these conditions, the conditions that we are going to set up so that we can strengthen the relationship even more.

Thank you.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you, Minister.


SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you all very much.

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