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December 11, 2009

Date: 12/09/2009 Description: Diplomacy Series Briefing Logo: Shadow map of North America encircled by a blue ring  with the words Diplomacy Briefing Series in white letters.  © State Dept Image

Date: 10/21/2009 Location: Washington, DC Description: Maria Otero, Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs © State Dept Image Date: 2009-01-27 00:00:00.0 Description: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton State Dept Photo Date: 11/19/2009 Description: Arturo Valenzuela © State Dept Image

Washington, DC, Dec. 11, 2009 -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered opening remarks at the State Department’s Diplomacy Briefing Series, the first in a series of public engagement conferences. The December 11 conference drew over 250 members of the Hispanic community and civil society and focused on U.S. relations with Latin America. Via digital video conference, Luperon High School (Manhattan, NY), Trinity University (San Antonio, TX) and the University of Central Florida listened to the Secretary of State’s remarks and joined the audience in engaging the Secretary of State in a conversation that touched on a broad range of issues including Honduras, China’s influence in Latin America, and the treatment of Afro-Hispanics in the Western Hemisphere.

Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela, and other senior State Department officials also participated in conference sessions focused on various U.S. foreign policy priorities.

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