In remarks to the press after a recent meeting with Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton affirmed that the enduring partnership between the United States and Spain is rooted in friendship and common values. "We are not only bilateral partners, but regional and global as well," she said. "[Our countries are] united in a shared vision for a world that is peaceful, secure, and prosperous."
Secretary Clinton and Foreign Minister Jimenez discussed the evolving situation in Lebanon where Spanish soldiers and other international forces, under a Spanish commander, have served in the peacekeeping operations of the United Nations Interim Force. "We hope to see a government emerge that will serve the interests of the people of Lebanon, and sustain the independence and sovereignty of Lebanon," Secretary Clinton said.
As NATO allies, the United States and Spain have worked closely to help bring security and stability to Afghanistan. In Badghis Province, Spanish troops are helping Afghan forces fight the insurgency and take lead responsibility for their own security. Civilian experts from Spain are helping Afghans grow food crops, train police forces, and build roads that connect the country’s far-flung rural communities.
"As global partners, we are working side by side to solve some of the most pressing problems," Secretary Clinton said. "Both our countries are committed to fighting chronic hunger. Spain was one of the founding contributors to the World Bank’s Global Agriculture and Food Security Program, which has already helped farmers boost productivity, encouraged investments in high-yield technologies, and helped improve nutrition for women and children.
"With its historical and lasting ties with Spanish-speaking countries, Spain is an especially important partner in this [Western] hemisphere." Secretary Clinton continued. "We are working together to help the people and governments of Central America ensure safety and build prosperity.
"As we look toward the future, we see many, many challenges," Secretary Clinton concluded. "[B]ut I feel much better and take great comfort in the fact that Spain and the United States will be working together."