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Monday 21 April 2014

Bill Clinton 'committed' to Ireland

Bill Clinton will remain committed to Ireland whether or not he takes up a post as ambassador, according to his wife

Former US president Bill Clinton will remain committed to Ireland whether or not he takes up a post as ambassador, his wife has said.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton refused to be drawn on recent speculation that her husband would take up the role in Dublin next year.

She said: "I cannot comment on what President Obama might do in the second term, it's his decision. But I would think that my husband will be here many times in the future and doing the work that he has been doing without having the title of ambassador."

The former US presidential candidate was one of some of the biggest political names in the world attending an Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) conference.

She met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and United Nations envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi to discuss the crisis in Syria and also held talks with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore.

Mrs Clinton is to step down from her role as Secretary of State in January as President Barack Obama's second term moves on. She said that, while she remains focused on work she has yet to do, she was looking forward to life away from politics.

"I'm looking forward to returning to living the life, to enjoy a lot of simple pleasures and give me time for family and friends," she said.

Elsewhere, Mrs Clinton said she was delighted to see that Ireland was on the road to recovery from the economic crisis.

She said she understood the sacrifice and suffering the public have endured.

"The view from the US is the resilience, the hard work and the determination of the Irish people, getting up every day and getting the job done," she added.

Press Association

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