Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Travels to Malta and Libya

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to Malta and Libya on October 18, 2011. Secretary Clinton was the first Secretary of State in the United States to visit Malta in more than two decades. She met with Maltese Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi and thanked the government and people of Malta for their extraordinary response to the events of this last year and to reaffirm the strong partnership and friendship between our two countries.

There are three main purposes to the Secretary's visit to Libya. First is simply to offer on behalf of the American people and government, congratulations and best wishes to the Libyan people for what, through great hardship, sacrifice, and courage, they have achieved in opening the door to a more promising future for Libya after 42 years of the Qadhafi dictatorship.

The second area of focus for the Secretary's trip will be the whole range of transition-related issues, the way moving forward. The third area that the Secretary is going to want to talk about is for an expanded deeper partnership between Libya and the United States, both at the official level and between the Libyan people and the people of the United States.

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New Mexico, USA
October 19, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Caption this photo; "Diplomacy in motion"

Kind of reminds me of Bono and the treasury secretary of the last Admin stepping off the plane in Africa after getting the Pope's blessing for AIDS relief like the Blues brothers on a "mission from God", shades and all.

And this trip marks a new beginning in US /Lybia relations as nations just as with many who benefit from America's willingness to help bring societies hope for a better future in solidarity with common principals.

If Lybia serves as a model for anything, it is in a people's universal desire for freedom and the latest example of what it sometimes takes to achive that.

And until Ghaddafi is found hiding like a cornered rat, then the stage has not been properly swept clean for peace of mind to sink in, and nation building is the only thing on people's minds.

It's not about any example of functional clarity and economy of rational acxtion brought forth by the international community, but the simple fact that the Lybian people have shone folks worldwide how to get the job done, in the most dire of circumstances, and folks will still be citing their victory over oppresion in comparison with the battle of Brittan in terms of significance a hundred years hense.

If they can maintain pride in their solidarity, then the debates over what nation the want to create won't be settled by live fire, unless verbal from a bully pulpit, and hopefully that of a voice of common sense.

Just as anyone would hope transpires continually in my own country...(chuckle).

If I were the President wondering about his chances for getting re-elected, I'd be lookin' at that multi-million dollar war chest and what use I might put to it, to improve the lives of a few people...$ 5,000 -10,000 to every soup kitchen in America would do a lot to assure the less fortunate among us get fed through this winter, and I wouldn't need to line the pockets of the corporate media to get re-elected 'cause I'd be calling that "capaign finance reform" and bloody well getting away with that, 'cause all of America would know I'd juist taken a creative approach to having folks back when thge chips were down, and that's not a liberal thing...that's conservation of a society at play, folks.

Oh, and it might set a pretty fair example for other world leaders in model respects.

Feed people and you earn their respect.

Free people, and you earn their friendship.

It's simple.


October 19, 2011

W.W. writes:

Nice Job True spirit serving mankind first woman as the president of the united states please

Secretary Clinton Arrives in Tripoli, Libya
Secretary Clinton Meets Libyan Soldiers
Secretary Clinton Shakes Hands With Libyan Soldiers
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