Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 7, 2011


Since becoming Secretary of State, I have traveled over 500,000 miles and to more than 80 countries. Wherever I go, I make it a point to stop and visit embassy staff. I have seen firsthand the outstanding work of our men and women around the world. I have witnessed the courage, innovation, and resourcefulness you display day after day, particularly those of you serving in challenging posts.

Today, I am asking for your help once more.

As you know, one of the President’s most important foreign policy objectives is to help bring peace, security, and economic development to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan. To meet our important objectives, we need your support.

I am asking the men and women of the Foreign and Civil Services to answer the call and serve in an assignment in Afghanistan, Iraq, or Pakistan. Accept this challenge and make a difference -- whether by serving in the capitals and building relationships with host country governments or by working in the field and reaching out to local leaders and populations. Your work in these countries is critical to our national security at home.

I encourage you to reach out to assignment officers in NEA and SCA and to colleagues who have already served in these countries to find out more about these challenging but rewarding opportunities.

To those of you who have already served at our missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, and to all State Department staff: I thank you. The State Department’s most valuable resource is you, its people.

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