Acting Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Kathleen Stephens is traveling to Algiers, Doha, Amman, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv from March 23 to April 5 to meet with a broad cross-section of government officials, students, NGOs, and exchange program alumni.
In Algiers, she will meet with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs; Culture; Youth and Sports; and Higher Education and Scientific Research. She will also visit with the Director of Muslim Scouts and cut the ribbon for the new American Corner at the American Language Center in Hydra, Algiers.
In Doha, she will participate in a workshop for Public Affairs Officers at U.S. Embassies in the Middle East, meet with the leaders of the Al Jazeera Network, and speak at Qatar University.
In Amman, Acting Under Secretary Stephens will meet with the Ministers of Social Development and Education, and a group of alumni from various State Department exchange programs, including the Fulbright Program, International Visitor Leadership Program, Middle East Partnership Initiative Student Leaders Program, YES High School Exchange Program, and the Access English Program.
In Jerusalem, she will meet with her public diplomacy counterparts at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She will also participate in round table discussions with students from An Najah University and Palestinian media representatives, and visit the America House.
In Tel Aviv, she will meet with civil society leaders and exchange program alumni.