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White house schedule-12/12/11

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1 White house schedule-12/12/11 on Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:14 am


HMMMMM--one schedule shows the meeting with Clinton is at 4:30 am and Clinton's schedule shows p.m.--odd. Whats also odd is that it does not show Biden attended either the 4:30 Clinton meeting or the second meeting at 10:15 with Maliki. Clinton, however, was involved with the second meeting with Maliki, not the first. Now why two meetings and why was either Biden or Clinton not at both? Note that Clinton also met with Zebari yesterday.

Monday, Dec 12, 2011

4:30 AM
The President meets with Secretary of State Clinton

9:45 AM
The President and the Vice President hold an expanded bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq

10:15 AM
The President holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki

11:35 AM
The President and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki hold a joint press conference

12:45 PM
The President, the Vice President, and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki attend a wreath laying ceremony


10:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton joins President Obama’s bilateral meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, at the White House.

12:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, at the Department of State.
Pre-set time for cameras: 1:15 p.m. from the 23rd Street Lobby.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 1:45 p.m. from the 23rd Street Lobby.

3:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, at the Department of State.

3:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton launches the Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, at the Department of State.

4:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with President Obama at the White House.

2 Re: White house schedule-12/12/11 on Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:28 pm


Remarks at the Launch of the Joint Coordination Committee

LINK to article and video: http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/12/178642.htm

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari

Monroe Room
Washington, DC
December 12, 2011

SECRETARY CLINTON: Good afternoon. It’s my honor to welcome Iraqi Foreign Minister Zebari and his distinguished delegation here to the third meeting of our political and diplomatic Joint Coordination Committee. We have had a series of very constructive discussions, starting at dinner last night and going through the meetings at the White House with the President, and now here at the State Department. Together, we are opening a new chapter in the relationship between Iraq and the United States under our Strategic Framework Agreement.

We believe these are truly historic days for both nations, and as we complete the withdrawal of American troops, we are defining our new partnership with a free and democratic Iraq. Our Strategic Framework Agreement commits our countries to work together on a wide range of issues, from governance and rule of law, to economics and education, to energy and the environment. And we are committed to following through. As Vice President Biden said in Baghdad two weeks ago, we intend to keep our promises.

Now, our new beginning is founded in mutual understanding, shared interests, and mutual respect for each other as sovereign equals. We share the same goal, building a self-reliant Iraq with a government that is able to serve the needs of the Iraqi people. And we have made a lot of progress together. Iraq is in charge of its own security and it stands as an important example of democracy in a region experiencing historic transformation and democratic transition.

We are very committed to doing everything we can to support this new Iraqi democracy. We are pleased by the steps being taken by the government to secure the country and to protect Iraq’s minorities as well. And we are very committed to working with our friends in Iraq to create opportunities for minorities and women to participate in the life of this new country that Iraqis together are building.

Likewise, we want to help Iraq increase its voice and engagement on the regional stage. It’s one of the most important countries, certainly in the Arab world and in the region. The upcoming summit of the Arab League to be held in Baghdad represents a key step in reestablishing Iraq’s status in the region and in the international community.

We also want to continue working with Iraq to resolve Iraq’s remaining UN Chapter 7 issues. The Joint Coordination Committee has been critical in helping meet several of the requirements, and the United States was proud to help pass three key resolutions at the UN Security Council last December that recognized Iraq’s progress. We will continue working with Iraq to address the outstanding issues between Iraq and Kuwait through initiatives such as the Tripartite Commission for Gulf War Missing. We look forward to Iraq taking its rightful place and building strong, peaceful ties with its neighbors.

So the Strategic Framework Agreement provides a strong roadmap for us to work together at the highest levels. And we know that there will be challenges ahead, but we will encounter them together as strategic partners and as friends. The United States, Minister, will continue to stand with Iraq and work with the Iraqi people and your government to build a nation that is stable, secure, and prosperous.

Thank you very much.

FOREIGN MINISTER ZEBARI: Thank you. Thank you, Madam Secretary. On behalf of myself and my colleague in the delegations, we want to thank you for hosting us. Iraq is committed to an enduring partnership with the United States on the basis of the Strategic Framework Agreement, which is very comprehensive, and in fact, it provides both countries ways for mutual cooperation in the future in many fields in Iraq and the United States.

Also, Madam Secretary, we think that the withdrawal of the United States forces in Iraq doesn’t mean the withdrawal of U.S. presence and friendship and influence in Iraq. We believe that will continue but in different forms, not through the military means or security means, through the civilian and diplomatic means, which we will carry out. And we want to make sure that your Embassy, your missions will have a secure, healthy environment to work and operate to help us.

Also, we appreciate your help and assistance to free Iraq from the sanction regime, from the many Security Council resolutions under Chapter 7. We look forward also to you to help us to finish the remaining Chapter 7 resolutions related to the situation between Iraq and Kuwait.

And lastly, Madam Secretary, Iraq nowadays has a say in what’s happening – what goes on in the region. And rest assured that Iraq will be an ally to the United States and a friend, and also committed to enduring partnership.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you so much, Minister Zebari. Thank you very much.

3 Re: White house schedule-12/12/11 on Tue Dec 13, 2011 5:30 pm


Good stuff...thnx Wind and Gente, not much gets past you two!!!

4 Re: White house schedule-12/12/11 on Tue Dec 13, 2011 7:07 pm


I am seeing a lot of really good information in the articles that everyone is posting. Makes me very hopeful that the RV is around the corner. Always hoping never expecting.

5 Re: White house schedule-12/12/11 on Tue Dec 13, 2011 7:30 pm


They gotta start moving forward and standing on their own two feet at some point...I think NOW would be a very good time to start... Something has to give soon I would think. But then I also thought that about a year ago, and here we are still, haha!

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