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Secretary Kerry To Deliver Remarks To Open U.S.-Iraq Diplomatic and Political JCC

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 14, 2013


On August 15, Secretary of State John Kerry and Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari will convene the fourth meeting of the Political and Diplomatic Joint Coordination Committee (JCC), under the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement (SFA). This JCC builds on the Secretary’s visit to Iraq in March and provides another opportunity for direct engagement on this important bilateral relationship.

The Strategic Framework Agreement – established in 2008 – is the foundation of the U.S.-Iraq relationship and the vehicle to strengthen our bilateral strategic partnership. Political and diplomatic engagement is one of the seven areas of cooperation under the SFA to strengthen coordination and cooperation in areas of critical interest to both countries. The last JCC was held in Baghdad in September 2012, and remains an important venue for advancing key bilateral priorities in support of Iraqi and regional stability.

The Secretary and Foreign Minister will deliver remarks to open the JCC at 11:15 a.m. at the Department of State.

The Secretary and Foreign Minister’s opening remarks will be open to the press.

Pre set for video cameras: 10:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street Lobby.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 11:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street Lobby.

Media representatives may attend this event 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 card (driver's license, passport).

For further information, please contact the Office of Press Relations at (202) 647-2492.

PRN: 2013/1003


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