Secretary Hillary Clinton visits The Cook Islands and receives Cook Islands Art

Friday, 31 August, 2012

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed dignitaries, officials, and the public today during Pacific Forum week.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in National Auditorium

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in National Auditorium

Hillary Clinton and Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna

Pa Ariki and Cook Islands artist Judith Kunzlé went together to our National Auditorium today to meet Hilary Clinton.

Pa Ariki and Judith Kunzlé on their way to the National Auditorium

Pa met with and discussed important issues with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during secretary Clinton’s meetings with officials after the 43rd Pacific Forum.

Pa Ariki on Ariki Day 2012

Pa Ariki and Hillary Clinton, with Cook Islands Deputy Prime Minister Tom Marsters

Pa Ariki with Hilary Clinton [Photo by Sam Napa]

She also presented Secretary Clinton with a gift of Cook Islands art, Aitutaki Action Song Dancer [Print #1], by Judith Kunzlé.

Aitutaki Action Song Dancer

Secretary Clinton was delighted with the gift, and later warmly greeted Judith and thanked her again.

Hillary Clinton and Judith Kunzlé

It was a great week for The Cook Islands.

 

[All photos © 2012 Victor Bond, All rights reserved, with the exception of Sam Napa's photo of Pa Ariki and Hillary Clinton]