Remarks
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Presidential Palace
Cotonou, Benin
August 10, 2012


MODERATOR: Madam Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State of the United States of America, on behalf of the President of the Republic Grand Master of the Order, and pursuant to the powers vested in us, we appoint you to the rank of Grand Officer of the National Order of Benin. (Applause.)

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you. I am so honored. Thank you. On behalf of the Obama Administration and the Government of the United States, we are proud to be a partner and friend of your country. And I will take this very wonderful honor on behalf of the American people.

And thank you again for the extraordinary work we are doing together, and thank you, Mr. President, for your role in the African Union bringing peace and stability and development and opportunity to this great continent. And the United States looks forward to being your partner and friend for many years as you consolidate democracy and demonstrate for the entire world to see what a true democratic society that provides opportunity for its people looks like.

On behalf of my delegation, Mr. President, we are very grateful and proud. (Applause.)



PRN: 2012/T69-29