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Secretary Clinton Credits Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi for “Responsibility and Leadership” on Gaza Ceasefire [Full Remarks - Video]

“As I discussed today with President Morsi, as well as Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas, there is no substitute for a just and lasting peace. Now that there is a ceasefire, I am looking forward to working with the Foreign Minister and others to move this process.” – Secretary Clinton

Secretary Clinton meets with Israeli PM Netanyahu in Jerusalem after her meeting with the PA officials. November 21, 2012

AFTER PRESIDENT Obama dispatched Secretary Hillary Clinton to the Middle East, late Tuesday afternoon a cessation of hostilities was announced between Israel and Hamas.

Citing this as “a critical moment for the region,” Secretary Clinton also acknowledged that there must be more to follow to “move this process,” implying that ending the latest violence doesn’t mean peace has been finalized.

Transcript from the State Department:

FOREIGN MINISTER AMR: (Via interpreter) Thank you. A press release, under the auspices of His Excellency President Mohamed Morsi and stemming from Egypt’s historic responsibility towards the Palestinian cause and Egypt’s keenness to stop the bloodshed and preserving the stability of the conditions and security in the region, Egypt has exerted efforts and conducted intensive discussions since the renewed outbreak of hostilities in the Gaza Strip with all parties: the Palestinian leadership, the various resistance factions, the Israeli side, and the international community, most notably the United States of America.

These efforts and communications managed to reach an agreement to a ceasefire and the return of calm and halt of the violence and the bloodshed that was witnessed recently.

The ceasefire is set to start at 9 p.m. Cairo time today, Wednesday, 21st of November 2012. Egypt affirms its commitment to the Palestinian cause and the need to achieve a comprehensive and just resolution. The Government of Egypt will continue its efforts to achieve this noble objective through ongoing attempts to end the divisions between the various Palestinian factions and to assist them in achieving Palestinian national unity on the basis of genuine Palestinian values and interests.

Egypt appreciates the role of the Arab League, the valuable contributions of Turkey and Qatar, and those of the Secretary General of the United Nations to support the efforts of the Government of Egypt to end the violence. At the same time, Egypt calls upon the international community to be engaged in monitoring the implementation of the Egyptian-brokered agreement and to ensure all parties adhere to these agreements. The agreement will be distributed to you after this conference.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much, Foreign Minister Amr. I want to thank President Morsi for his personal leadership to de-escalate the situation in Gaza and end the violence. This is a critical moment for the region. Egypt’s new government is assuming the responsibility and leadership that has long made this country a cornerstone of regional stability and peace. The United States welcomes the agreement today for a ceasefire in Gaza. For it to hold, the rocket attacks must end, a broader calm return.

The people of this region deserve the chance to live free from fear and violence, and today’s agreement is a step in the right direction that we should build on. Now we have to focus on reaching a durable outcome that promotes regional stability and advances the security, dignity, and legitimate aspirations of Palestinians and Israelis alike. President Morsi and I discussed how the United States and Egypt can work together to support the next steps in that process. In the days ahead, the United States will work with partners across the region to consolidate this progress, improve conditions for the people of Gaza, and provide security for the people of Israel. Ultimately, every step must move us toward a comprehensive peace for all the people of the region.

As I discussed today with President Morsi, as well as Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas, there is no substitute for a just and lasting peace. Now that there is a ceasefire, I am looking forward to working with the Foreign Minister and others to move this process. Thank you very much, Foreign Minister.

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15 Responses to Secretary Clinton Credits Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi for “Responsibility and Leadership” on Gaza Ceasefire [Full Remarks - Video]

  1. TPAZ November 22, 2012 at 3:25 am #

    The great ones make the impossible look easy. I heart Hillary.

  2. StrideHyde November 22, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    This makes me wonder if she might stick around for awhile…

  3. angels81 November 22, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    Hillary will not stay, she will go out on top. I think the next Sec of state will be Kerry because he would be the best pick for the job.

    • DaGoat November 22, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

      I agree with everything you say here. Major props to Hillary.

  4. newdealdem1 November 22, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    Huge props to Hillary Clinton and Morsi.

    TPAZ, well said. I have huge respect for Clinton, have for years now. I hope she wants what so many of us want: a run for POTUS in 2016.

    I don’t think anyone has earned a run and a win as much as Hillary Clinton. And, that’s MY opinion.

    Let’s hope the peace in Israel-Gaza stays that way for the time being and that serious peace talks begin soon, that phase 2 of the deal that SOS Clinton spoke about yesterday. She has the rest of the year and at least until the middle of January to be involved in those talks and there is every indication that she will be. It will be a hard tow but it needs to begin: perhaps the emerging new face of the region which Morsi represents is the very thing that was needed to get these talks going (although Bibi worries me: I don’t trust him especially when it comes to relinquishing settlements, etc, that two state solution) and hopefully this is the start of the end of this conflict with the Palestinians finally free from terror and having their own home with equal opportunity to live their lives in peace and prosperity with no one lording it over them. And, for Israel, free from terror with no one shouting they have no right to exist as a country.

    Frankly, if peace could be brought to Ireland/England after centuries of hate and war, the same can happen in the Middle East, if all are WILLING to make it happen.

    I am also in favor of Kerry being the next SOS.

  5. Cujo359 November 23, 2012 at 4:14 am #

    Now Morsi’s gone and given himself new powers. Just “protecting the revolution”, of course. Where have we heard that one before?

  6. newdealdem1 November 23, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    Sheesh and only a few hours after he was being praised around the world. I don’t think I’ve seen a quicker switcheroo. Yeah, deja vu all over again.

  7. fangio November 23, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    I’m sure all the Hillary groupies on this thread will find some way to minimize Morsi’s actions. As for Kerry, he is a loser and always has been. It is because of him that this country had to suffer through four more years of George W. Bush.

  8. angels81 November 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    Kerry is a loser? So you blame Kerry for the fact that to many idiots out there believed the swift boating liars by the rightwing haters? I think the reason we got 4 more years of Bush had more to do with ignorant voters then it did Kerry.

    • fangio November 23, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

      1. During the last days of the Alito confirmation hearings Kerry sent an urgent e-mail to the Judiciary committee saying that Alito was a dangerous nominee and urging that he not be confirmed. Where was Kerry when he sent this e-mail? In Switzerland, skiing.

      2. On the day that the Abu Ghraib story broke, Kerry was being interviewed by Don Imus, who was then with WNBC radio in N.Y. Kerry was in Illinois campaigning. Imus kept trying to get him to talk about the torture allegations and Iraq in general but Kerry kept saying he only agreed to the interview so he could talk about his economic policy.

      3. During the Democratic convention in Boston, Kerry stood aside while Homeland Security built cages for demonstrators to protest in outside the convention center.

      4. During the debates, it became obvious that Bush was wearing something beneath his jacket. Bush’s people had ordered the various media outlets not to film Bush from the back. Fox news, to their credit, filmed him from the back anyway. Two NYT reporters along with a scientist at Nasa’s jet propulsion lab, using high resolution imaging, were able to see not only a lump under his jacket but also a wire leading to it. Although the story spread across the web and was in the Times, it never went much further. Kerry never said a word.

      5. On election night, Kerry through in the towel early even though there were wide spread reports of voter irregularities across the country, especially in Ohio.

      6. Kerry is a Boston Brahmin who when his money ran short found a rich woman to marry. His years in the Senate have been uneventful and he was always in the shadow of Edward Kennedy, a man of many accomplishments and just as many moral failings.

      7. I never had an issue with Kerry’s military service, I did have an issue with how weakly he defended himself. Kerry is a go along to get along guy and that is the reason Obama might like him. It takes one to know one.

  9. angels81 November 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    Yawn! and this is different from any other politician? I also see you do some of your own swift boating, claiming that the reason Kerry married his wife was because of her money. You make a claim like that with no facts and then expect us to take you seriously. For you to trash a persons marriage with a bunch of right wing bullshit just shows who and what you are, more then it does Kerry.

  10. fangio November 23, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    Your icon does you justice. You really are just a partisan clown. Or is it the ” Joker. “

    • angels81 November 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

      I see you didn’t refute anything I said about you swift boating Kerry, instead you continue to attack peoples motives.

      • fangio November 23, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

        ” Yawn! and this is different than any other politician. ” And this makes it ok. Well, by your standards almost anyone could be Secretary of State. Ethics need not apply.

        • angels81 November 23, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

          What? you throw out a bunch of trivial BS, like he was skiing or that Bush was wearing some secret device, and then you come up with the most utter BS about the only reason he married his wife was for money, and some how this has something to do with ethics? You are a joke man.

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