Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 21, 2011


Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will co-chair, with Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmay Rassoul and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, the New Silk Road Ministerial on September 22, 2011, hosted by the German Mission in New York City.

The Secretary first laid out in a speech in Chennai, India, on July 20 her vision of a “New Silk Road” linking markets in South and Central Asia, with Afghanistan at its heart. This network would allow Afghanistan to attract new sources of foreign private-sector investment and connect to markets abroad, and it would promote regional growth based on Afghanistan’s economic potential. This meeting will include Afghanistan’s neighbors and near-neighbors and a small group of international partners.

Opening remarks by German Foreign Minister Westerwelle, Afghan Foreign Minister Rassoul, and Secretary Clinton will be pooled media coverage. Following the opening session, the ministers will continue to meet privately.

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PRN: 2011/1560