Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 23, 2010


Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will co-chair the first United States-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue at the Ministerial level in Washington, D.C. on March 24 and 25.

President Obama and Secretary Clinton have repeatedly stressed the breadth and depth of the U.S.-Pakistan relationship, a partnership that goes far beyond security. The Strategic Dialogue, marking a major intensification of our partnership, represents the shared commitment of both nations to strengthening the bilateral relationship based on mutual respect and mutual trust.

March 24, 2010 (all times EDT)

8:00 a.m. Opening Session with remarks from Secretary Clinton and Foreign Minister Qureshi (Open Press Coverage for Remarks; live broadcast to Pakistan) See the daily public schedule for further information on covering this event.

10:00 a.m. Group Discussions: Agriculture, Communications & Public Diplomacy, Defense & Security, Economic Development & Finance, Social Issues (Closed Press Coverage)

12:30 p.m. Lunch co-hosted by Deputy Secretary of State Lew and Ambassador Holbrooke. (Closed Press Coverage)

2:00 p.m. Public-Private Partnership Roundtable (Closed Press Coverage)

TBD Joint Press Availability with Secretary Clinton and Foreign Minister Qureshi (Open Press Coverage) See the daily public schedule for further information on covering this event.

4:00 p.m. State Department Reception in honor of Pakistani Delegation with U.S. government officials, members of Congress, American businesses, and Pakistani-American community (Closed Press Coverage)

March 25, 2010 (all times EDT)

9:00 a.m. Energy and Water Discussion (Closed Press)

10:00 a.m. Communications & Public Diplomacy Discussion (Closed Press)

4:45 p.m. USAID Development Roundtable hosted by Administrator Shah (Closed Press)

PRESS CONTACTS:
U.S. Department of State
Office of Press Relations
(202) 647-2492



PRN: 2010/345