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This post is dedicated to Paul Ryan who, as a Vice Presidential candidate, should have made it his business to inform himself of the entities with which we are acting on the situation in Syria. He misinformed voters during the debate when he said we were dealing with the Syrian situation solely through the U.N. (to which Republicans are highly allergic). I hope Congressman Ryan reads this and learns.

12-02-12-Y-11

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Travel to Morocco, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates

Press Statement

Victoria Nuland
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 5, 2012

From December 11-13, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to Marrakech, Morocco to participate in a meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People. This latest meeting provides an opportunity to consult with like-minded governments in the region and around the world on how best to continue support for the Syrian opposition and on efforts to end the bloodshed. While in Morocco, she will also meet with King Mohammed VI, as well as senior Moroccan government officials, to discuss bilateral and regional issues.

She will then travel to Tunis, Tunisia to co-host the 9th Forum for the Future Ministerial with the Government of Tunisia on December 13. This year’s Forum welcomes increased levels of civil society, private sector, and government participation and focuses on the key themes of women’s empowerment, freedom of expression and association, and economic governance and entrepreneurship. Secretary Clinton will also meet with senior Tunisian government officials to discuss progress in the country’s transition to democracy as well as bilateral and regional issues.

Secretary Clinton will conclude her trip in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and participate in the 3rd ministerial meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) on December 14. The centerpiece of the meeting will be the announcement by Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed of the opening of the first-ever International Center of Excellence on Countering Violent Extremism, which the GCTF set in motion at its September 2011 launch. The Center will provide a venue for training, dialogue, collaboration, and research to counter violent extremism in all of its forms and manifestations by bringing together the experts, expertise, and experience that exist in countries around the globe. The Secretary will also meet with senior Emirati government officials to discuss regional and bilateral issues.

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Remarks With United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Before Their Meeting


Remarks

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Westin Hotel
Paris, France
March 14, 2011

 


 

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QUESTION: Madam Secretary, are you inclined to go ahead with a no-fly zone now that the Arab League has approved a no-fly zone?

SECRETARY CLINTON: I’m looking forward to talking with my colleague, counterpart, and friend Sheikh Abdullah about the events in the region. And obviously, that includes everything that is happening. But the UAE is currently the president of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and he is here representing the GCC, so we will have a very comprehensive discussion.

QUESTION: Mr. Foreign Minister, could you talk about the decision by the UAE to send troops to Bahrain (inaudible) the situation escalating there?

FOREIGN MINISTER ABDULLAH: Well, the Bahrain Government asked us yesterday to look at ways to help them to defuse the tension in Bahrain, and we have already sent roughly around 500 of our police force, who are there. The Saudis are there as well. There are other Gulf countries which are (inaudible) to support the Bahraini Government and to get calm and order in Bahrain and to help both the Bahraini Government and people to reach to a solution which is for the best for the Bahraini people.

 

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The first day of Secretary Clinton’s trip to the Persian Gulf was spent in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. She appeared on a women’s talk show, visited a model solar-powered city, and held a Townterview at a university.

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Remarks at The Masdar Institute


Remarks

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
January 10, 2011

Well, good afternoon, and it is such a pleasure for me to be here. I want to thank Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, the UAE’s special envoy for climate change and CEO of Masdar, Adnan Amin, the new interim director general of the International Renewable Energy Agency, known as IRENA, which will have its permanent headquarters here in Masdar City, and Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh, the president of the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, and a professor from MIT.

This is a very exciting and important visit for me personally, and I thank His Excellency for those kind words. But the partnership that we have established between the United States and Abu Dhabi around renewable energy and climate change and sustainable development that takes advantage of human capital is one of the most important partnerships for the future that we could be pursuing.

We have a special connection with the institute because of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of our nation’s top universities, and because of the Department of Energy. We believe that the work that is being done here at Masdar has the potential to solve some of the most urgent challenges facing our planet. How do we develop sustainable energy sources that can power our cities without contributing to climate change? How do we create technologies that are scalable and both use less power and are widely affordable? How do we supply water for drinking and farming in places where fresh water sources are decreasing? How do we achieve economic growth without relying so heavily on fossil fuels where they’re drilling for them, selling them, buying them, or burning them?

Now, these challenges are pressing across the world, but they are especially significant here in the Gulf. We know that oil supplies are shrinking, water tables are declining. The old strategies for growth and prosperity will no longer work. For too many people in too many places, the status quo today is unsustainable. And the UAE is leading our work and the path we must take into the future. It is putting into practice what it means to be sustainable and laying the groundwork for economic, environmental, and social progress.

What I admire about the steps that the UAE has taken is that it’s not only this institute, which is very impressive just to be part of and to view, but it’s also working while continuing your role as a leading oil producer, investing in renewable energy sources like wind and solar, and moving toward a knowledge-based economy by investing in education, as I saw this morning at Zayed University. UAE is positioning itself to be a center for innovation and entrepreneurship for years to come.

Now, I would imagine that many other countries are going to be looking to you to learn how to do this. You will have the model that will demonstrate to others what it takes to achieve renewable energy and sustainable growth. To that end, we look forward to the positive impact that IRENA will have. The United States applauds IRENA’s goal of accelerating the rapid development and deployment of renewable energy worldwide. We want to enhance energy security, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, address energy poverty, support sustainable development, and boost economic growth worldwide. And we congratulate Abu Dhabi on hosting IRENA.

This is the first truly international organization to be headquartered in the Middle East, and we have high hopes that it will provide a link between developed and developing countries in sustainable energy production. And we want it to be a truly global organization open to representative offices here in the UAE, to every country willing to abide by its principles and commit to its goals to translate good intentions into concrete results.

I am very pleased that the United States and the UAE have deepened our partnership on energy in recent months. Masdar and the U.S. Department of Energy signed a memorandum of understanding last year to promote joint research and development of clean energy technologies. Our two countries along with nearly two dozen others held our first ever high-level ministerial meeting on clean energy last June in Washington, and Abu Dhabi will host the second meeting here in April. And in a week, U.S. public and private sector representatives will join people around the world here in Abu Dhabi at the World Future Energy Summit.

This work is in the interest of not only global progress, but also our own domestic interests as well, because clean energy will be a driver for good jobs. I know that there are many talented people here in the UAE, and giving scientists and engineers and technicians the opportunity to participate in the clean energy revolution will bring good jobs to UAE, more income, and a greater ability to create and spin off businesses.

UAE is so well positioned to compete in the 21st century because of your commitment to clean, renewable energy. We are fully committed to supporting your work and we will do everything we can, through our academic institutions like MIT, through our government, like the Department of Energy and the State Department, and through our private sector to bring more jobs and bring more innovative entrepreneurial spirit here to the UAE. There is so much we can do together.

And I would add that part of the reason for my trip is not only to meet with leaders, as I’ve had the chance to do, but also to talk with the citizens of this country, as I did earlier at the town hall, but also to highlight the very creative efforts that are being undertaken here in Abu Dhabi. I want my country to know how advanced you are in pursuing clean, renewable energy. I want the world to know that the United States is partnering with you, because we are betting on Abu Dhabi and the UAE. We are betting that this incredible investment represented by Masdar is going to pay off. And when it pays off, it will not only mean a better life for the people of this country and this region. It will have ripple effects throughout the world.

One of our challenges is how do we raise the standard of living in poor countries. We cannot do it by recreating the past. We have to do it by leapfrogging into the future. And the technologies that you will pioneer here will enable a poor African or Asian or Latin American country to have a better future as well.

So I express our gratitude to the leadership and the people of the UAE for being visionary, innovative, creative, and at the same time very practical about how you intend to achieve your goals. We are proud to be your partner and we’re looking forward to achieving real progress for our citizens in both of our countries and for the world at large. Thank you all very much. (Applause.)

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Public Schedule for January 10, 2011

Public Schedule

Washington, DC
January 10, 2011

SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

Secretary Clinton is on foreign travel in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (EST + 9 hours). Assistant Secretary Feltman and Ambassador Melanne Verveer accompany the Secretary. Click here for more information.

11:00 a.m. LOCAL  Secretary Clinton participates in a townterview co-hosted by Middle East Broadcasting Company’s Kalam Nawaem, at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
(POOLED PRESS COVERAGE)

1:30 p.m. LOCAL  Secretary Clinton meets with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
(POOLED PRESS COVERAGE)

3:20 p.m. LOCAL  Secretary Clinton meets with the staff and families of Embassy Abu Dhabi, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
(POOLED PRESS COVERAGE)

4:15 p.m. LOCAL  Secretary Clinton visits Masdar City and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
(POOLED PRESS COVERAGE)

6:00 p.m. LOCAL  Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Emirati Prime Minister Mohammed bin Rashid, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
(POOLED CAMERA SPRAY)

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Secretary Clinton’s Travel to the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Qatar

Press Statement

Philip J. Crowley
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC
January 6, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Qatar from January 8-13. At each stop, Secretary Clinton will consult with government officials on a full range of regional and bilateral issues, and emphasize the importance of government-civil society engagement. In addition to these meetings, the Secretary will engage with civil society and community leaders in each country working to help citizens realize shared aspirations for progress. This engagement underscores the U.S. commitment to support civil society and promote partnerships that lead to prosperity for the people of the region.

In Qatar, the Secretary will participate in the Seventh Forum for the Future, a joint initiative of the countries of the Broader Middle East and North Africa region (BMENA) and the industrialized countries of the Group of Eight (G-8). The ministerial event brings together civil society representatives and government officials to discuss and exchange ideas on how to best work together to foster progress and expand opportunities for the people of the region.

 

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Bahrain says no plans to ban BlackBerry services

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There are new developments in the negotiations over BlackBerry security in the United Arab Emirates and other countries, as the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton comments on the issue.

By ADAM SCHRECK

The Associated Press
Sunday, August 8, 2010; 4:38 PM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Bahrain’s foreign minister said Sunday the country has no plans to follow its Persian Gulf neighbors in banning some BlackBerry services because security fears do not outweigh the technological benefits.

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Daily Appointments Schedule for February 23, 2010
Washington, DC
February 23, 2010

SECRETARY OF STATE CLINTON

11:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Northern Ireland Secretary Shaun Woodward, at the Department of State.
(CAMERA SPRAY PRECEDING MEETING IN TREATY ROOM)

12:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a Bilateral Meeting with United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan, at the Department of State.
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