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Jakarta Post

The role of civil society in building a stronger, peaceful world

  • Hillary Clinton

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 25 2009   /  01:52 pm

Well, let me start by thanking you for joining us this evening, and to reiterate the greetings from President Obama, who feels such a special kinship with the Indonesian people and with a country that influenced him so deeply as a young boy. He has said many times that his experiences here have helped to shape his values and his vision of a world where people of different backgrounds, identities, and faiths could unite around their common human aspirations. And that certainly is a message for all peoples and nations to remember now as we confront the urgent global challenges of this century. When I was last here 15 years ago, I was privileged not only to visit Jakarta, but also to travel outside of Jakarta. I remember a visit that I made to a local maternal health program in Yogyakarta, where mothers took their newborns for routine medical checkups and other basic health...