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Friday
Feb012013

Hillary Clinton Delivers Final Words as Secretary of State

AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered her last official remarks as America's top envoy on Thursday, although the public undoubtedly has not heard the last from her.

Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations, Clinton stayed on message in describing how the nation must move forward amid an ever-changing and increasingly dangerous international landscape.

According to Clinton, "We need a new architecture for this new world...We have to be smart about how we use our power...because as the world has changed, so too have the levers of power that can most effectively shape international affairs."

During her tenure, Clinton said she tried to employ various methods of widening America's engagement in world affairs that included staying on top of advancements in technology, supporting human rights and assisting the development of U.S. partners.

Meanwhile, the outgoing secretary of state, who will be replaced Friday by Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, said that the only way the world can truly progress is by recognizing that women from all nations must never be regarded as second-class citizens.

She told the Council, "If women and girls everywhere were treated as equal to men in rights, dignity, and opportunity, we would see political and economic progress everywhere."

Clinton has said her first goal upon retirement is to get some much-needed rest and then work on various projects.  Speculation is that if her health is good, Clinton will seek the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

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