Monday, February 23, 2009

A Scots first: Salmond meets Clinton

Alex Salmond became the first Scottish First Minister to meet a U.S. Secretary of State today when he held talks with Hillary Clinton, during his two-day visit to Washington.

Salmond spent around half an hour in Mrs Clinton's office in the U.S. State Department, where they discussed global warming and moves to use more renewable energy. He welcomed the prominence given to green energy in the economic recovery plan from the Obama administration.

After the meeting, Salmond told the press:

"Today's meeting will also mark, I hope, the start of a new period of deepening friendship and partnership between our two nations. We had a productive discussion that touched on issues around the shared global challenge of climate change. The secretary of state was clearly impressed by the idea of a small country making a large contribution to a global issue, while I welcome the huge prominence of green energy in the US recovery plan."
The First Minister also took the opportunity to raise the issue of the Saltire Prize, a £10million incentive which aims to produce commercially viable tidal technology. Scotland is working on the project with US-based National Geographic.

Mr. Salmond's aides were delighted to have secured a high profile visit to such a senior politician in the new American administration, claiming it marked an excellent development for Scottish relations with Washington.

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