Notice to the Press
Washington, DC
April 5, 2010

Office of the Chief of Protocol Introduces New Foreign Ambassador Outreach Program

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver remarks to the Chiefs of Diplomatic Missions as part of the Office of the Chief of Protocol’s “State of the Administration” speaker series on Tuesday April 6th, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. at the Department of State. The program is organized by the bureau’s Diplomatic Partnerships Division, which creates opportunities to engage diplomats posted in Washington.

Established in 2009, Diplomatic Partnerships seeks to foster international goodwill and provide the Diplomatic Corps with greater insight and understanding of the United States’ people, customs and institutions. Diplomatic Partnerships pursues this goal through a broad range of unique programs and events designed to connect U.S. Government agencies, community leaders, business leaders, innovation experts and others directly with the Diplomatic Corps.

The “State of the Administration” speaker series is a Diplomatic Partnerships program which provides an opportunity for Chiefs of Diplomatic Missions to speak with and hear directly from senior Obama administration officials. Previous speakers include White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Deputy Secretary of State Jacob Lew and others.

Other Diplomatic Partnerships programs include “Experience America”, which gives Chiefs of Diplomatic Missions the opportunity to step outside the Beltway, create new connections and see firsthand the diverse fabric of America through tours and travel opportunities, “Issue Roundtable” events such as luncheons in honor of Women Ambassadors and “Cultural Exchange” events bringing together Washington D.C. public school students and children of foreign diplomats.

The event will be open to credential members of the press for the remarks at the beginning.

Pre-set for cameras: 3:15 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance
Final access time for journalists and still cameras: 3:30 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.

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

U.S. Department of State
Office of Protocol
Kamyl Bazbaz

PRN: 2010/391