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Secretaries Clinton and Panetta Attend Munich Security Conference

February 6, 2012
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta at the Munich Conference on Security Policy in Munich, Germany on February 4, 2012 (AP Photo)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta at the Munich Conference on Security Policy in Munich, Germany on February 4, 2012 (AP Photo)

The 48th annual Munich Security Conference was hosted in Germany this past weekend.  Annually, the conference convenes leaders from both the defense and diplomatic spheres and allows them to discuss matters of pressing global concern.  In a historical first, both the American Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense were in attendance.  This joint attendance underscored the United States’ ongoing commitment to and our shared goals with our European allies.  Secretary Clinton noted that this was her 27th trip to Europe as Secretary of State; reiterating that “Europe is our partner of first resort,” she spoke about the continuing situation in Syria and the need for a concerted international response.  The conference also focused on the implications of the financial crisis on global stability, strengthening the Euro-Atlantic security community, and special focus was paid to emerging concerns regarding energy, environmental and economic security. 

Read the entirety of the Secretary Clinton’s remarks here.