Friday, May 22, 2009

Hillary Clinton presented with Hellenic Award

Today Secretary Hillary Clinton was presented with an award from the National Coordinated Effort of Hellenes at the State Department.

She spoke as she accepted the award:

"I am very honored by this recognition, and I am very privileged to have known you and worked with you now over a number of years from the moment of your induction and ascent to this position of eminence. I am very grateful to everyone here for the strong ties that bind our people. And it is a unique and fitting tribute that we would have earth collected from the birthplace of democracy and from the center of our own democracy here in Washington as we strive to fulfill the Athenian democratic tradition."

Read her full remarks here or watch below:

The Secretary hosted Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Karel De Gucht at the State Department today.

She took a question from the press during their briefing on Gitmo.

QUESTION: Madame Secretary, if Belgium offers to take in Guantanamo prisoners, is that – is this type of offer going to make it possible to get the deadline, the January deadline, to close the prison?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, we’re very grateful for the cooperation and assistance that Belgium and other countries have offered. As President Obama proceeds with the closure of Guantanamo, we’ll be discussing that. There is a lot of work ahead of us to be sure that we are fully able to produce the kind of information and responses that Belgium and other countries are looking for. But we’re very appreciative of – not on this – not just on this issue, but on the many issues that the minister and his government have been working with us.

Read their full remarks here or watch below:

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