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Daily Appointment Schedule: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Berlin *updated*

April 14, 2011

Secretary Clinton is in Berlin trying to forge a consensus among NATO members re: Libya:

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is in Berlin for talks with her fellow NATO foreign ministers, hoping to bridge differences over how the alliance should proceed in its military operations over Libya.

American officials say Clinton will use several rounds of meetings Thursday to press the allies to reaffirm their goal of protecting civilians as rebels and forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi continue fighting.

The officials say Clinton will stress the importance of using NATO military assets to go after pro-Gadhafi fighters attacking, approaching or otherwise threatening rebel-held positions as well as stepping up economic and political pressure on Gadhafi to leave power.

In a joint appearance with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Clinton said NATO members share “the same goal, which is to see the end of the Gadhafi regime in Libya. And we are contributing in many ways in order to see that goal realized.”

Britain and France, along with the rebels, say NATO isn’t doing enough and are urging the U.S. to take a bigger role. The U.S. wants to remain in the back seat.

Two senior U.S. officials traveling with Clinton declined to discuss the British and French concerns but suggested they were without merit.

The officials maintained that the alliance was succeeding in its mission. They noted that NATO commanders themselves have had no complaints and that those commanders are free to ask for additional resources but have yet to do so.

Daily Appointments:

11:00 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in Berlin, Germany.

12:00 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton attends a working lunch for NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs and non-NATO contributors to Operation Unified Protector, in Berlin, Germany.

2:10 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, in Berlin, Germany.

2:30 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with German Foreign Minister Westerwelle, UK Foreign Minister Hague and representatives from Italy and France, in Berlin, Germany.

3:20 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs and non-NATO ISAF Contributing Nations, in Berlin, Germany.

5:25 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Afghanistan Foreign Minister Rassoul, in Berlin, Germany.

7:10 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton attends a reception for the NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs and heads of delegations, in Berlin, Germany.

8:15 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton attends a working dinner for the NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs, in Berlin, Germany.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks alongside US Secretary of State Hillary Clintonprior to a meeting at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, April 14, 2011.

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  1. January 26, 2013 11:11 am

    I wonder what type of tea they were drinking.

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