Over the past few months we have engaged several of our allies on women’s economic empowerment through senior economic dialogues. Bilateral economic dialogues are a useful channel to promote women’s economic empowerment to help facilitate business, trade, and investment. We are excited to announce these ongoing economic partnerships are moving full steam ahead with a gender-lens on our efforts to advance U.S. economic prosperity.

Republic of Korea

Republic of Korea flag: White with a red (top) and blue yin-yang symbol in the center; there is a different black trigram from the ancient I Ching (Book of Changes) in each corner of the white field; the South Korean national flag is called Taegukki; white is a traditional Korean color and represents peace and purity; the blue section represents the negative cosmic forces of the yin, while the red symbolizes the opposite positive forces of the yang; each trigram (kwae) denotes one of the four universal elements, which together express the principle of movement and harmony. [CIA World Fact Book]

Israel

Israel Flag: white with a blue hexagram (six-pointed linear star) known as the Magen David (Star of David or Shield of David) centered between two equal horizontal blue bands near the top and bottom edges of the flag; the basic design resembles a traditional Jewish prayer shawl (tallit), which is white with blue stripes; the hexagram as a Jewish symbol dates back to medieval times [CIA World Fact Book]

 

Greece

Greece Flag: nine equal horizontal stripes of blue alternating with white; a blue square bearing a white cross appears in the upper hoist-side corner; the cross symbolizes Greek Orthodoxy, the established religion of the country; there is no agreed upon meaning for the nine stripes or for the colors; the exact shade of blue has never been set by law and has varied from a light to a dark blue over time. [CIA World Fact Book]

Iceland

Iceland Flag: blue with a red cross outlined in white extending to the edges of the flag; the vertical part of the cross is shifted to the hoist side in the style of the Dannebrog (Danish flag); the colors represent three of the elements that make up the island: red is for the island's volcanic fires, white recalls the snow and ice fields of the island, and blue is for the surrounding ocean. [CIA World Fact Book]

 

3+1 (Greece, Cyprus, Israel and U.S.)

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates Flag: Three equal horizontal bands of green (top), white, and black with a wider vertical red band on the hoist side; the flag incorporates all four Pan-Arab colors, which in this case represent fertility (green), neutrality (white), petroleum resources (black), and unity (red); red was the traditional color incorporated into all flags of the emirates before their unification [CIA World Fact Book]

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