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Statement by the Press Secretary on the meeting between President Obama and former President Clinton

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
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For Immediate Release                                                       August 18, 2009
Statement by the Press Secretary
on the meeting between President Obama and former President Clinton
President Obama today met in the Situation Room with former President Clinton for nearly forty minutes to thank him in person for undertaking the humanitarian mission to secure the release of two American citizens who had been detained by North Korea for over four months. Former President Clinton described the process, including a meeting with Kim Jong-il, that culminated in the North Korean leadership granting "special amnesty" to the two journalists and permitting them to return to the United States. President Obama said he was gratified that the Americans had been safely reunited with their families. After the meeting, President Obama invited President Clinton to the Oval Office to continue their conversation for another half hour.