Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 20, 2010


On October 20-22, the United States and Pakistan will meet in Washington for the third ministerial-level Strategic Dialogue this year. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Foreign Minister Mahmoud Qureshi will co-chair the talks, which represent the commitment of the U.S. and Pakistan to strengthening the bilateral relationship as a broad partnership based on shared democratic values, mutual respect, trust, and interests. It is focused on supporting the Pakistani people and Pakistani democratic institutions.

Nearly all of the Dialogue’s thirteen sectoral Working Groups have set achievable benchmarks and made appreciable progress. This third round of the Strategic Dialogue will provide an opportunity for nine of the working groups to review progress to date in such critical sectors as communications and public diplomacy, water, energy, health, law enforcement and counter-terrorism, economic development, and women’s empowerment, as well as to discuss flood recovery and reconstruction plans.

Media are welcome to attend the following events:

Wednesday, October 20

6:30PM-8:00PM Ambassador Holbrooke, Foreign Minister Qureshi, and USAID Administrator Shah Discussion of the U.S. and Pakistan: Partners in Development jointly hosted by the Asia Society and Brookings. For more information, click here.

Friday, October 22

8:15AM-8:35AM Plenary Session of the Strategic Dialogue at the Department of State.
Open press for opening remarks (until 8:35AM). Pre-set time for video cameras: 6:45am at the C Street Entrance.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 7:45am at the C Street Entrance.

Media representatives may attend this briefing upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist accompanied by an official photo identification (driver’s license or passport).



PRN: 2010/1496