Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 4, 2009


Videos Are Available Online and Via Mobile Download

Secretary Clinton taped two messages this week to reach the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan to echo the themes and messages from President Obama’s speech at West Point.

Secretary Clinton’s video messages are available via the internet and mobile technology, in Arabic, Dari, English, Pashto, and Urdu.

You can access these short videos on our website by visiting here:

Secretary Clinton’s message to the people of Afghanistan: http://www.state.gov/secretary/20092013clinton/rm/2009a/12/133093.htm

Secretary Clinton’s message to the people of Pakistan: http://www.state.gov/secretary/20092013clinton/rm/2009a/12/133087.htm

To access these messages from your mobile phone, please visit: http://oursmsvoice.com/

The transcripts of the videos are also available on our website in English, Dari, Pashto, Urdu and Arabic. English transcripts also follow below.

President Obama in his speech Tuesday night, delivered a special message to reach the people of Afghanistan. His video is available for download online in the following languages:

Arabic (http://www.whitehouse.gov/files/videos/mobile/02-obamaAF-arabic.mov),
Dari (http://www.whitehouse.gov/files/videos/mobile/02-obamaAF-dari.mov),
English (http://www.whitehouse.gov/files/videos/mobile/02-obamaAF-eng.mov),
Pashto (http://www.whitehouse.gov/files/videos/mobile/02-obamaAF-pashtun.mov), and
Urdu (http://www.whitehouse.gov/files/videos/mobile/02-obamaAF-urdu.mov).

Both Secretary Clinton and President Obama’s video messages can be downloaded from your mobile phone by visiting: http://oursmsvoice.com/

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TRANSCRIPT OF SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON AFGHANISTAN VIDEO MESSAGE

SECRETARY CLINTON: On Tuesday, President Obama presented an overview of our country’s strategy for engagement in Afghanistan and with Pakistan. This strategy is the product of broad consultation, including with many of our partners in Afghanistan. As President Obama described, the United States is committed to Afghanistan’s long-term security and stability. Together with our allies, we will pursue a coordinated military and civilian approach to strengthening Afghanistan’s government, promoting economic growth, and defeating the insurgents who threaten the stability of your country and the region.

As President Karzai begins his second term, we have a window of opportunity to work together as partners to improve Afghanistan’s government to make it more capable, accountable, and effective so it better serves you, the Afghan people. We seek to improve access to education and justice, to strengthen the rule of law and improve governance, and most importantly, to widen economic opportunity and increase jobs so people have the chance to support their families.

We want to help the Afghan people make the move from poppies to pomegranates so Afghanistan can regain its place as an agricultural leader in South Asia. We want to support Afghanistan’s efforts to provide for your own security. And we want to help Afghans disrupt, dismantle, and defeat the violent extremist groups that seek to transform Afghanistan into a safe haven for insurgents and terrorists.

We know that the Afghan people are the only ones who can defeat the insurgency once and for all, and you’re the only ones who can build a successful democracy that lasts. So the United States is committed to partnering with you, the people of Afghanistan, over the long term as you seek to achieve these goals and build a country that is safe and secure, where your children can live in peace, where families can plan for a better future, and where all people have the opportunity to make the most of your potential. We look forward to working with you for that better future.

Thank you very much.

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TRANSCRIPT OF SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON PAKISTAN VIDEO MESSAGE

SECRETARY CLINTON: On Tuesday, President Obama presented an overview of our country’s strategy for engagement in Afghanistan and with Pakistan. This strategy is the product of broad consultation, including with many of our partners in Pakistan.

We join the people of Pakistan in our deep concern about the threat posed by al-Qaida and its extremist allies. We condemn the violence that has been inflicted on innocent Pakistani people in recent months with bombings and other brutal assaults targeting civilians, your military, and other important aspects of your country and society. We are committed to Pakistan’s security, stability, and sovereignty for the long term.

President Obama’s strategy reflects our nation’s commitment to building a broad partnership with the Pakistani people, one based on common values and a shared commitment to democratic rule, robust economic development, the defeat of militants and terrorists who hide along your western border, and the safety and security of all Pakistanis.

We’ve already begun to implement elements of President Obama’s strategy. We have requested a significant increase in economic development assistance, including through the landmark Kerry-Lugar-Berman legislation. We are launching initiatives to help strengthen Pakistan’s infrastructure, especially in energy and water, which is what the Pakistani people have told us you need, so you can have the resources you require in your homes, schools, and businesses.

And we are committed to strengthening Pakistan’s public institutions so that all people have access to security, education, justice, and most importantly, economic opportunity. As President Obama discussed, the United States has a strong and steadfast interest in Pakistan and Afghanistan’s long-term security and stability. We are determined to work with you as partners in helping you build a stronger nation to make sure your country is not a safe haven for al-Qaida and other violent extremists who threaten your very state.

We know that this is a goal that is important to you as well. We look forward to strengthening and continuing the partnership not only between our governments, but between our people in the months and years to come. Thank you all very much.



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