Appointment of Hillary Clinton
I would like to send Hillary Clinton my warmest and most cordial congratulations on having been proposed for the position of Secretary of State by President-elect Barack Obama. I have often had the opportunity to appreciate her abilities, her convictions and her human qualities, which will find their full expression in the eminent responsibilities entrusted to her.
I will be happy to work with Hillary Clinton, as soon as she officially assumes her duties, to strengthen the French-American friendship. Our cooperation must indeed be intensified in the coming months: The challenges we have to deal with must be based, now more than ever, on our nations’ shared values, principles and objectives.
France and the United States must continue working together to defend freedom and human dignity, promote peace and security, and combat intolerance.
France and the European Union are prepared to work closely with Hillary Clinton within the framework of a renewed transatlantic partnership. Together we must seize this historic opportunity to join forces in order to confront the economic, climate and security challenges that are facing us all. Together we can better assume our international responsibilities and find crucial solutions. That is the significance of the work conducted by the French Presidency of the European Union Council during the informal meetings of the foreign ministers, held in Avignon and Marseille. That is what I will reaffirm to the future Secretary of State at our very first meeting.