Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Benjamin Franklin Room
Washington, DC
April 21, 2009

Date: 04/21/2009 Description: Remarks by Secretary Clinton and Jordanian King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein before their meeting. State Dept Photo

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, His Majesty is no stranger either to the State Department or to Washington. He has been a partner, an ally and a friend of the United States on behalf of his country and on behalf of the search for peace that would result from a two-state solution in the Middle East. And I am deeply honored and greatly delighted to welcome His Majesty back to the State Department for the series of important meetings.

KING ABDULLAH: Mrs. Clinton, thank you very much. It’s a great honor for me to be back here in Washington. We’ve had some very fruitful discussions this morning with President Obama. I’m here at the State Department now to go over the priorities that Jordan and Arab countries need to put in front of themselves on how to bring Israelis and Palestinians to the negotiation table, and hopefully open a new chapter of peace and stability in the Middle East and move the peace process forward.

So it is a great honor to be here, and I look forward to working with you, Mrs. Clinton, and working as hard as we can to finally bring peace and stability to the Middle East.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you so much, sir. Thank you. Thank you.

QUESTION: Secretary Clinton, did you raise human rights with the Libyan national security advisor?

SECRETARY CLINTON: We will have a chance to answer questions after my later meeting in the afternoon with President Sirleaf.

PRN: 2009/355