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Diplomacy in Action

Issue 12 -- September 17, 2010

Office of Public Liaison
Bureau of Public Affairs

In this issue:

  • Update: U.S. Response to Pakistan's Floods
  • Middle East Peace Process
  • Conversations with America: A Discussion on the Millennium Development Goals
  • Referenda In Sudan
  • Briefing on U.S. Government's Continued Efforts to Disrupt and Dismantle Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan
  • Iran Sanctions
  • The New START Treaty
  • 2010 Secretary of State's Award for Corporate Excellence Finalists
  • U.S. Department of State Hosts Iftar Events



Update: U.S. Response to Pakistan's Floods

WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 10 -- The United States responded immediately and generously to Pakistan's call for assistanceDate: 08/25/2010 Description: Pakistan Relief Fund: Ways to Donate ©  Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs following the tragic and devastating floods that began July 29. To date, the United States has provided approximately $167 million to support relief efforts in Pakistan, including funding for the operations of the Pakistan National Disaster Management Authority, the UN's emergency relief plan, and the many local and international organizations responding to this disaster. These funds are also being used to provide critical supplies to flood affected populations. An additional $50 million has been allocated for initial recovery efforts to assist with rebuilding communities impacted by the floods. The U.S. also has provided civilian and military in-kind assistance in the form of halal meals, pre-fabricated steel bridges and other infrastructure support, as well as air support to and within Pakistan to transport goods and rescue people at an approximate value of approximately $26 million. In a video statement , Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the establishment of the Pakistan Relief Fund . Created by the United States Government through the Department of State, the Fund serves as a mechanism for the public to contribute money to ongoing efforts in Pakistan.

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Middle East Peace Process Date: 09/16/2010 Description: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh speak to the news media at the airport after her trip to the Middle East, in Amman, Jordan, Sept. 16, 2010. © AP Image

WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 16 -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to Sharm el-Sheikh, Jerusalem, Ramallah and Amman September 13 - 17, 2010. In Sharm el-Sheikh, Secretary Clinton participated in the continuation of direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians and held a bilateral meeting with Egyptian President Mubarak. In Jerusalem, she joined the parties for further discussions and participated in bilateral meetings with Israeli officials. In Ramallah, Secretary Clinton met with Palestinian President Abbas and Palestinian Prime Minister Fayyad and concluded her trip by meeting with Jordanian King Abdullah in Amman.

On September 2 in Washington Secretary Clinton met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to re-launch negotiations to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In her remarks with the two leaders Secretary Clinton stated, “ You have taken the first steps. You have both embraced the idea of a two-state solution, which is the only path toward a just, lasting peace that ensures security and dignity for both Israelis and Palestinians. I fervently believe that the two men sitting on either side of me, that you are the leaders who can make this long, cherished dream a reality. And we will do everything possible to help you. This is a time for bold leadership and a time for statesmen who have the courage to make difficult decisions.”  Full Text» Video»

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Conversations with America: Date: 09/13/2010 Description: Conversations with America: Meeting the Millenium Development Goals (LIVE) - State Dept ImageA Discussion on the Millennium Development Goals

Washington, DC, Sept. 17, 2010 – USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah held a conversation with David Lane, President and CEO of ONE, on global development opportunities and challenges on the eve of the Millennium Development Goals summit. The discussion was moderated by Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Philip J. Crowley and streamed live on  Video» Read More»

Referenda in Sudan

Washington, DC, Sept. 15 -- Following her calls to Sudanese First Vice President Salva Kiir and Vice President Taha yesterday, Secretary Clinton dispatched U.S. Special Envoy Scott Gration to Sudan to continue senior-level dialogue with officials in Khartoum and Juba, emphasizing the importance of full implementation of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). Special Envoy Gration departed for Juba and Khartoum on September 9 where he urged the CPA parties to move forward on preparations for the January 2011 referenda on self-determination for Southern Sudan and Abyei, and continue negotiations on security, conflict mitigation, and planning for the post-referendum period.

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Briefing on U.S. Government's Continued Efforts to Disrupt and Dismantle Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan

WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 1 -- Ambassador-at-Large for Counterterrorism Dan Benjamin and Rob Hartung, Assistant Director of the Threat Investigations and Analysis Directorate of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security announced the designation of the Tehrik-e Taliban as both a Foreign Terrorist Organization and as a Special Designated Global Terrorist Organization, in tandem with the designation of two of its senior leaders, Hakimullah Mehsud and Wali Ur Rehman, under Executive Order 13224. “These designations are part of our multipronged approach to disrupt and dismantle Tehrik-e Taliban in Pakistan,” Ambassador Benjamin stated.

Elsewhere in the U.S. Government, the Department of Justice has filed an arrest warrant for Hakimullah Mehsud and charged him with conspiracy to murder U.S. citizens abroad and conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction. These charges stem from Mehsud's alleged involvement in the murder of seven American citizens at a U.S. military base in Khost, Afghanistan on December 30, 2009. “I am pleased to announce today that the U.S. Department of State Rewards for Justice Program is offering rewards of up to $5 million each for information that leads law enforcement or security forces to Hakimullah Mehsud and Wali Ur Rehman,” said Mr. Hartung. Full Text» Video» Rewards for Justice»

Iran Sanctions

WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 3 – Secretary Clinton and U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner made a joint statement welcoming the announcement by Japan of new sanctions on Iran. Secretary Clinton said ‘t hey mark a significant step forward in the international community's efforts to combat proliferation and prevent Iran's development of nuclear weapons. Japan joins other responsible nations that have also implemented such sanctions on Iran for its failure to meet its international obligations, including the European Union, Australia, Canada, and Norway.' Read More»

WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 8 – Secretary Clinton and U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner made a joint statement welcoming the announcement by the Republic of Korea of new sanctions on Iran. Secretary Clinton said, ‘with this action, the Republic of Korea joins an emerging consensus of states that have taken steps to demonstrate to Iran the consequences of its failure to meet its international obligations. These actions strengthen the growing international resolve to prevent proliferation and Iran's development of nuclear weapons and to press Iran to return to serious negotiations on its nuclear program and meet its international obligations.'  Read More»

Inside the Beltway

The New START Treaty

Washington, DC, Sept. 16 – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates released a joint statement on Senate Foreign Relations Committee Approval of the New START Treaty. If ratified, the treaty will advance some of the Unites States' most critical national security objectives. On September 13, Assistant Secretary of State for Verification, Compliance and Implementation Rose Gottemoeller and Ambassador Richard Burt, the U.S. Chair of Global Zero, participated in “A Discussion on the New START Treaty” at Georgetown University. The event, which was co-hosted by Georgetown's Center for Peace and Security Studies (CPASS), focused on the Treaty and President Obama's efforts to decrease the threat of nuclear weapons in the 21 st century. Ambassador Burt served as a lead negotiator of the original START Treaty, which entered into force in 1994, and Assistant Secretary Gottemoeller served as lead negotiator of New START. The discussion was moderated by David Hoffman who is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy magazine and The Washington Post.

2010 Secretary of State's Award for Corporate Excellence Finalists

WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 3 – Under Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs Robert D. Hormats announces the twelve finalists for the Secretary of State's prestigious 2010 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE). These U.S. companies were chosen from a record number of 78 nominations submitted by American ambassadors around the world. ACE finalists are international business leaders who recognize the vital role that U.S. businesses play abroad as good corporate citizens. This year's 12 finalists are:

  • Alta Ventures in Mexico;
  • Cisco in Israel;
  • Coca-Cola in Swaziland;
  • Denimatrix in Guatemala;
  • Fiji Water in Fiji;
  • GE in India;
  • Intel in Costa Rica;
  • Mars, Inc. in Ghana;
  • PepsiCo in India;
  • Qualcomm in China;
  • Synopsys in Armenia; and
  • Tang Energy in China

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U.S. Department of State Hosts Iftar Events

WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 7 -- Special Representative to Muslim Communities Farah Pandith hosted a special “Generation Change” event as part of the State Department's celebrations for the Holy Month of Ramadan. Attendees included 75 young American Muslim leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators from around the country. During the event, participants discussed issues the young American Muslims have identified as important to their generation, including becoming change-makers for their generation. Following the “Generation Change” event, the young American Muslims attended the Iftar dinner hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Rodhman Clinton.

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