August 11th, 2009
01:44 PM ET

Clinton offers aid to victims of Africa's longest conflict

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton brought an offer of help Tuesday for victims, especially victims of sexual violence, of Africa's longest war, a regional conflict that's dragged on for more than a decade.

Clinton on Monday delivered a blunt message to Prime Minister Adolphe Muzito of the Democratic Republic of Congo when he hosted a dinner in her honor.

"There must be an end to widespread financial corruption and abuses of human rights and women's rights," she said. "There must be an improvement in governance and the respect for the rule of law."

She also called for "changes in the business climate, changes in the rules and regulations that involve contracts and the protection of property" to promote foreign investment.

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  1. DawnL,CA

    Ms. Clinton-you are doing a great job as Sec. of State. However, please try & keep your cool when questions are asked about Pres. Clinton-it's inevitable this will happen. Smile & ignore the question as best you can.

    August 11, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  2. Joe G. (Illinois)

    How can a person (Hillary Clinton) one day verbally and vigorously reprimand Israel and ask it to lay down motionless to Iran, Palestine and Obama’s overbearing treats, and then on the on other act like an angelic salvation figure around other parts of the world? Dear Ms. Secretary of Defense.. Sure Obama wants to be liked and have everybody on his side. But wars are not won by mere numbers only? Just like it only takes one light house to bring thousands of ships ashore, thousands upon thousands of evil people are no comparison to one good one. Thank you and have a good work day.

    August 11, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  3. The nEcKeD cHiCkEn

    Great job passing out the aid, just don't ask her how Bill is doing. Wow!

    August 11, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  4. Lilibeth

    Thank you, Madame Secretary. There are individuals and charities who have donated and provided relief, but obviously it is always a good thing when we as a country can reach out and help. Hopefully other nations will follow suit.

    Edmonds, Washington

    August 11, 2009 at 2:08 pm |