Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
April 12, 2010

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SECRETARY CLINTON: I am so pleased to welcome the Secretary General back to the State Department where he’s been many times in the past. It’s especially significant that he is here during this Nuclear Security Summit. We have so many matters to discuss because we’re working together to face a myriad of challenges in the world today, but I’m very grateful for his partnership and his friendship. And I welcome you again.

SECRETARY GENERAL BAN: Thank you. Thank you very much, Secretary Clinton. It’s a great pleasure to have a meeting with you discussing on all the matters, challenges of global and regional issues. It’s been a great honor to work with you and with President Obama. I’d like to highly commend the initiative of President Obama and you have taken to realizing the world free of nuclear weapons at this time.

But we have so many important issues, and I particularly appreciate your leadership in helping Haitian people. And this International Donors Conference which we both co-chaired on March 31st was a great success. I hope with this international support we will see Haitian people overcoming this so that they can enjoy genuine peace and stability and prosperity.

Again, thank you very much for this opportunity.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you, sir. Thank you all. Thank you very much. Thank you

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