U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton celebrated the life of Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke in Berlin, Germany, on April 15, 2011. Secretary Clinton said Ambassador Holbrooke was an advisor, counselor, teacher, but above all else, a dear friend. She said the Ambassador believed in doing what was “right for America and right for the world.”

Secretary Clinton said, “It is so fitting that we would have this, most likely, last memorial service and remembrance of Richard in a place that he loved so much, not only here at the Academy, but Berlin and Germany. It is a fitting place to tell these stories, and I only wished that we had arranged it so that it was somewhere relaxed in this beautiful building with a giant panettone and lots of good Riesling and other treats to keep us going, because the stories would never have ended. That was the thing about Richard, every… more »

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks at Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke’s memorial ceremony at the American Academy in Berlin, Germany, on April 15, 2011. [Go to http://www.state.gov/video for more video and text transcript.]

Secretary Clinton Meets With German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on April 14, 2011. Before their meeting, Secretary Clinton said:

"It is wonderful to be back in Berlin and to have this opportunity to meet with the Chancellor to discuss a number of issues that are of great importance to both of us. I appreciate that NATO is meeting here in Berlin because Germany is such an essential partner in NATO and the work that was done at the Lisbon Summit to chart the way forward for NATO is going to provide the strategic direction that we are seeking to implement.

"We work together in Afghanistan. We are committed to following through to achieve the mutual objective of working toward a world without nuclear weapons. We are also sharing the same goal which is… more »

Secretary Clinton boards plane in Beirut, Lebanon, April 26, 2009. [State Department Photo]

Interactive Travel Map

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is traveling to Berlin, Seoul, and Tokyo, from April 13-17, 2011. In Berlin, Secretary Clinton will join foreign ministers from NATO and partner countries for an informal NATO Foreign Ministerial meeting. The Secretary will also meet with Operation Unified Protector and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to discuss Libya and Afghanistan, as well as counterparts in the NATO-Georgia Commission, the NATO-Ukraine Commission, and the NATO-Russia Council. In addition, she will attend a memorial service for Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke at the American Academy in Berlin and receive the Walther Rathenau Prize for outstanding contributions to international understanding and cooperation.

From April 16 to 17, Secretary Clinton will continue to Seoul, where she will meet with President Lee Myung-bak and Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan as part of our ongoing efforts to strengthen the alliance and to discuss cooperation on regional issues, including our solidarity and support for Japan in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami. While there, the Secretary will also discuss bilateral issues related to trade and underscore the Administration’s support for the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement.

Secretary Clinton will then travel to Japan to demonstrate the United States’ support for the people of Japan and to highlight our long-standing commitment to the alliance. She will meet with Prime Minister Naoto Kan, Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto, and other Japanese senior officials, as well as with Embassy Tokyo staff to express her gratitude for their services and support during this crisis.

You can learn more about her trip here.