Visit of Benita Ferrero-Waldner to the United States
End production: 27/02/2009 First transmission: 27/02/2009
Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, met with Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Secretary of State, in Washington on 27 February 2009.
The meeting was an opportunity for the Commissioner to discuss foreign policy issues with the new US administration, including the Middle East Peace Process, Afghanistan, China, Russia, and global challenges such as energy and climate change. The meeting also provided a timely occasion to prepare the ground for the Conference on Gaza and the Palestinian economy the following week in Egypt and for the EU/US Foreign Ministers Troika that would take place on 6 March 2009 in Brussels.
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||General view of Washington
||Exterior views of the US Department of State building and US flag (5 shots)
||Arrival of Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy
||Benita Ferrero-Waldner (in ENGLISH) saying that she and Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Secretary of State, have a big agenda together, but the main issues discussed that day were the Middle East, then Afghanistan, Pakistan, and also the Eastern Partnership, specifically Ukraine because they both have great worries particularly on the financial situation in Ukraine; on the Middle East; saying that they will both go to Sharm el-Sheikh; that will be the first quartet meeting where Hillary Rodham Clinton will be present; so they spoke both politics and also the humanitarian aid that they would like to pledge at the conference; on politics, they want to see a stable Israeli government and on the other side they would like to see a government that after a reconciliation process is so to say a sort of unity government or a technocrat government in order for the peace process to be taken on again and in order to have a two-State solution;
saying that they should again work more in partnership than they ever did; on the multilateral level, it is very important to have a real cooperative spirit, to listen to each other, to cooperate more with each other; so she is very delighted after this first meeting;
saying that the United States want to work with Europe in order to solve many challenges of the world, be they horizontal ones like climate change and energy security, or be they very specific ones like the Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan or any other difficult question.
||Benita Ferrero-Waldner leaving