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Opening of U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue


Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 24, 2014

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Secretary of State John Kerry will host Pakistan’s National Security and Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz at the Department of State on January 27, 2014, for a ministerial-level meeting as part of the revitalized U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue process.

The United States and Pakistan are committed to continued cooperation between our governments and between the American and Pakistani people across a wide range of issues, which is in the interest of both the United States and Pakistan.

The Strategic Dialogue ministerial meeting provides a platform for a focused discussion on core shared interests.

Secretary Kerry announced plans to hold this meeting during his August visit to Pakistan.

The Strategic Dialogue will report on progress achieved over the past six months, and identify opportunities for increased partnership in areas of bilateral cooperation, including law enforcement and counterterrorism, economic growth and finance, energy, defense, and strategic stability.

Opening remarks by Secretary Kerry and Foreign Affairs Adviser Aziz will be open to the press and streamed live on www.state.gov .

Pre-set time for cameras is 8:30 a.m. from the 23rd street entrance.

Final access time for writers and stills is 9:15 a.m. from the 23rd street entrance.

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 Meg Young, Press Officer, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at YoungMA@state.gov / 202-647-3532 or the Department of State Office of Press Relations at (202) 647-2492.



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