Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
January 25, 2012

I am delighted to send greetings to all of you who have gathered in this virtual space to help shape the future of the Middle East.

In 2011, millions of young people across the Middle East stood up to the status quo and demanded change. Today, the Middle East looks drastically different. Armed with conviction and aided by technology, you pushed forward the political, economic, and social change that is now pulsing across the region. And your voices will continue to be invaluable in the process of brokering regional peace.

This conference is an opportunity for all of you, both Arab and Israeli, to engage in a dialogue about your shared future—about peace in the region as well as your day-to-day problems, worries, and dreams. You come to the table with the hope that you can look past your differences and lay the foundation for peace, and I admire your resolve to engage in these difficult discussions. I look forward to hearing your ideas, your perspectives, and your vision for the future as you work hand-in-hand to chart a course for a more peaceful and prosperous world. Thank you.