(SARAJEVO, Bosnia) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to U.S. embassy staff in Bosnia Tuesday and described the impact Hurricane Sandy has had on New York State where she once served as a senator. She praised the unity of New Yorkers and how they’re working together in the wake of the storm.
"I'm sure many of the Americans here were likewise quite concerned and especially if you have family and friends up and down our East coast. But I represented New York, as some of you may know, for eight years in the United States Senate," Clinton told the embassy staff Tuesday.
Sec. Clinton expressed her love for New York, particularly New York City, which was left devastated by Sandy along with New Jersey and several other states in the region. The secretary of state said she hoped Bosnians could learn from Americans on the East Coast and their ability to work together to rebuild.
"I love that city, I love that state. And I could not help it thinking there it was, this horrible emergency that mother nature had inflicted upon us. And I know that city well, and when I saw the reports of the firefighters in Breezy Point, Queens or in downtown Manhattan, I could see in my mind's eye, not only the buildings and the place, but the people -- more than eight million people from everywhere in the world, governing themselves, electing their leaders, working together, living, breathing, progressing. That's what I want for this country."
Sec. Clinton and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton made the joint visit to Bosnia, Serbia and Kosovo Tuesday. In Sarajevo, they also met members of Bosnia's presidency to discuss issues regarding governance, budgeting and ownership of state property.
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