Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
April 14, 2009

Date: 04/14/2009 Description: Secretary Clinton meets with Georgian Foreign Affairs Minister Grigol Vashadze, Washington, DC, April 14, 2009. State Dept Photo
Good afternoon. We welcome the foreign minister of Georgia here at a very challenging time in the country’s young democratic history. But we are going to discuss a range of issues that are important to our bilateral relationship, that will underscore our strong support for Georgian independence and democracy, and will look for ways to deepen and broaden our partnership. So we’re pleased that you could be here with us today.


SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much.

FOREIGN MINISTER VASHADZE: Thank you very, very much.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you. Thank you all.

QUESTION: Any comment on the North --

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much. Thank you.

QUESTION: Any comment on North Korea’s expelling of the inspectors from the IAEA?

SECRETARY CLINTON: We are viewing this as an unnecessary response to the legitimate statement put out of concern by the Security Council. And, obviously, we hope that there will be an opportunity to discuss this not only with our partners and allies, but also eventually with the North Koreans.

PRN: 2009/329