April 8th, 2009
07:09 PM ET
11 years ago

Clinton 'deeply concerned' about pirate attacks

Clinton called for international cooperation to combat piracy.

Clinton called for international cooperation to combat piracy.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton late Wednesday called for international cooperation to combat piracy like this week's attack on a U.S. ship and crew off the coast of Somalia.

"We are deeply concerned and we are following it very closely. Specifically we are now focused on this particular act of piracy and the seizure of the ship that carries 21 American citizens," Clinton said at the State Department. "More generally we think the world must come together and end the scourge of piracy."

The secretary of state, speaking at a photo op with the Foreign Minister of Morocco, referred back to problems with piracy that both countries had faced together back in the late 1700s. "I think Morocco was the very first country that recognized us, going back a long time. We worked to end piracy off the coast of Morocco all those years ago. And we are going to work together to end that kind of criminal activity anywhere on the high seas," Clinton said.

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soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. Boli

    deeply lazy and unskilled is more like it. it doesn't take much to handle pirates. you can't simply because you don't want to

    April 9, 2009 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  2. Deborah, Bronx

    I hope our Country doN'T Pay these Parasites ONE CENT!! Who knows, maybe they would listen to our President, and RELEASE the Captain, without getting any money, as he does have the Gift of being able to understand another person's plight, and still be able to reason well/fairly with them (so if they are INTELLIGENT), I think they would listen to our President (as he would not be seen/viewed by them, as an 'Imperialist'), then again, I could be wrong, as one never knows how us Human think (esp. after yrs of living a particular way, feeling neglected and hopeless). I only hope, following the pattern, this Captain's Life ALSO will be spared.

    April 9, 2009 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
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