By Julian Pecquet - 07/06/12 05:19 PM EDT
She said also discussed a "wide range of other issues" with Hollande, "including Iran, Afghanistan and the eurozone, the problems in the Sahel, the upcoming conference in Tokyo for civilian support for the Afghan’s decade of transformation, and so much else. And as always, we reaffirmed the strong bonds of friendship between our two nations."
Earlier in the day, Clinton blasted China and Russia for “blockading” progress in Syria and urged the Friends of Syria to pressure them to stop. She said the Syrian opposition is united in its calls for “no travel, no trade, no comfort for this regime.”
“I ask you to reach out to Russia and China and to not only urge, but demand that they get off the sidelines and begin to support the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people,” Clinton said. “It is frankly not enough just to come to the Friends of the Syrian People, because I will tell you very frankly, I don’t think Russia and China believe they are paying any price at all — nothing at all — for standing up on behalf of the Assad regime.”