Photo Opportunity
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Secretary Clinton and Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Lawrence Cannon Before Their Meeting
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
February 24, 2009


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Date: 02/24/2009 Description: Photo Opportunity with Secretary Clinton and Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Lawrence Cannon State Dept Photo

SECRETARY CLINTON: Hello. This is a big week for Canada, and I just expressed the appreciation that we feel for the wonderful welcome and hospitality that President Obama received on his visit. And I’m delighted to have you here.

FOREIGN MINISTER CANNON: Well, I am very pleased to be here, Madame Secretary, and particularly after that great visit in Canada. And hopefully, we’ll have you there in Canada very shortly to be able to match that.

SECRETARY CLINTON: You know, I --

FOREIGN MINISTER CANNON: I’m sure you’re going to be very well received as well.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you. I’m looking forward to it. I’ve always enjoyed my visits to Canada, and I had one memorable visit when we had a state visit, and I got to skate on the canals in Ottawa. That was a personal highlight, so thank you all very much.

FOREIGN MINISTER CANNON: Thank you.

QUESTION: Happy Mardi Gras.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Now, Matt, I am so happy to know that you’re on top of what’s going on. (Laughter.)

QUESTION: The most important things.

SECRETARY CLINTON: It is the most important thing. I’m just surprised you’re here covering this instead of out celebrating. (Laughter.) Nice to see you all.

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PRN: 2009/147