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United States of America
18 January 2006
EU HR Javier Solana and US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice
before their meeting
Washington, DC - 18 January 2006
: I am very pleased to welcome my good friend and colleague from the European Union, High Representatif Javier Solana. I think we have met, I won't even say how many times we've met in the last year, but it has been a lot. And it is always been an opportunity to share and to discuss the many issues that the United States and the EU face together. We are, of course, together members of the Quartet and I'm certain we will have a discussion about the upcoming Palestinian elections and the need to make certain that we move forward with Middle East peace. I know that Javier shares my desire to continue to pass along to the people of Israel and to Prime Minister Sharon's family our hopes for his recovery. We will also have an opportunity to discuss our increasing cooperation in Afghanistan and Iraq and of course we will discuss the situation with Iran.
HIGH REPRESENTATIVE SOLANA
Thank you very much, Condi. I don't have much to add, to say that it's a pleasure to be here again. I think it is rare -- the month and time of year -- but this is the type of relationship which we have been constructing that works very well and I'm very happy that I have today the opportunity to look at the agenda that the Secretary of State has mentioned. And maybe also to talk with her in due time also about Sudan and Africa, in particular the situation in Darfur. But the main topics, without a doubt, will be the ones she has mentioned: the Middle East peace process; Iran, in which we are working hand in hand and we hope very much, as she has said, that common sense would come back to the people of Iran and will take the route that it was negotiation and not breaking with the agreement that we already had with us or with the International Atomic Agency in Vienna. They have to comply with all that. On Iraq and Afghanistan, we are on the same wavelength, therefore what we have to is to just continue reviewing periodically the situation so that we continue working with success.