Special Press Briefing: Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard C. Holbrooke to Preview the U.S. - Pakistan Strategic Dialogue

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 18, 2010

Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard C. Holbrooke will brief the press on the upcoming U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue on Friday, March 19, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. in the Carl T. Rowan Press Briefing Room (Room 2209) of the Department of State.

The United States and Pakistan will hold their first Strategic Dialogue at the Ministerial level in Washington, DC, on March 24. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi will co-chair the talks. Topics for discussion will include economic development, water and energy, education, foreign policy, communications and public diplomacy, agriculture, and security.

President Obama and Secretary Clinton have repeatedly stressed the breadth and depth of the U.S.-Pakistan relationship, a partnership that goes far beyond security. The Strategic Dialogue represents the shared commitment of both nations to a strengthening the bilateral relationship and building an even broader partnership based on mutual respect and mutual trust.

This event is open to the press.
Press should use the 23rd Street entrance to the State Department and must be processed through security by 12:15 p.m.
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).

Office of Press Relations
U.S. Department of State
(202) 647-2492

PRN: 2010/325