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President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Robert Gates Join To Announce START Nuclear Treaty Negotiations With Russia

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks to the press during a conference with (L-R) Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates at the White House March 26, 2010 in Washington, DC. Clinton, Gates and Mullen answered questions about the new START Treaty with Russia. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America)

President Obama opens today’s press briefing with an announcement of the new START treaty with Russia, “the most comprehensive arms control agreement in nearly two decades.” Following the President were Secy. of State Hillary Clinton, Secy. of Defense Robert Gates and Joint Chief of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Speaks At US-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue Meeting

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi (R) shake hands during a discussion at the State Department on March 24, 2010 in Washington, DC. Secretary Clinton hosted a forum that focused on U.S.- Pakistan strategic dialogue. Pakistan is seeking U.S. involvement in dealing with a peaceful resolution in conflicts with Kashmir. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America)

CNN~Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is promising “a new day” in U.S.-Pakistan relations and new efforts to move beyond previous mistrust and misunderstandings. And Pakistan is hoping improved relations will generate new American help with civilian nuclear power. Clinton started two days of high-level talks with Pakistani leaders Wednesday morning at the State Department. She was joined by Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and officials from both countries, including U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen.

The meeting, formally known as the United States-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue, is the latest recognition of Pakistan’s importance to the United States in the fight against extremism.

We know that in recent years misperceptions and mistrust have grown between our countries, on both sides of the relationship. Foreign Minister Qureshi and I have worked hard to overcome that,” Clinton said at the opening event of two days of meetings.

She spoke in the ornate Benjamin Franklin room on the eighth floor of the State Department building. She and Qureshi sat at the head of a large U-shaped table, flanked by dozens of officials and aides from both countries.

I am aware some skepticism remains. So I want to say a word directly to the people of Pakistan,” Clinton said. “Our countries have had our misunderstandings and disagreements in the past and there are sure to be more disagreements in the future, as there are sure to be between any friends or, frankly, between any family members. But this is a new day — for the past year the Obama administration has shown in our words and our deeds a different approach and a different attitude toward Pakistan.”

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at AIPAC: Israeli Building Hurts Peace

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pauses while speaking during the 2010 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference March 22, 2010 in Washington, DC. Secretary Clinton spoke to the pro-Israel lobbying group about the relationship between the United States and Israel and issues facing the Middle East. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images North America)

AP~New Israeli construction on land claimed by the Palestinians threatens peace efforts and undermines America’s ability to help end the Arab-Israeli conflict, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told a leading Jewish organization Monday.

Israel’s recent announcement of new housing in east Jerusalem exposed differences between the U.S. and the Jewish state that others could exploit, Clinton said. Her remarks to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee were friendly, but contained a blunt account of a severe diplomatic breach between the close allies over what the United States sees as the provocative and shortsighted expansion of Jewish settlements and other housing on land claimed by Palestinians.

Clinton defended the Obama administration’s strong criticism of a recent large housing announcement because she said it hurt attempts to launch peace talks in which the United States will be the intermediary.

We objected to this announcement because we are committed to Israel and its security, which we believe depends on a comprehensive peace,” Clinton said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the group Monday evening, and was seeing President Barack Obama on Tuesday.

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In this handout image supplied by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton March 22, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by GPO/Getty Images North America)



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Obamas to Hold State Dinner for Mexico in May

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President Obama meets Mexican President Felipe Calderon's family including their golden retriever on April 16, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Press secretary Robert Gibbs announced that President Obama and First Lady Michelle will host a state dinner on May 19 for Mexican President Felipe Calderon and First Lady Margarita Zavala de Calderon during a two-day state visit. It will be the Obamas’ second state dinner – and the first put on by Julianna Smoot, who starts her new job as social secretary on Monday. Gibbs announced the upcoming event at the Thursday briefing–held outside on a warm day in the Rose Garden.

Lastly, want to announce that in recognition of the deep ties and strong relationship that President Obama has forged with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, President Obama and the first lady will host President Calderon and the Mexican first lady in a White House — at the White House for a state dinner on Wednesday, May 19th,” Gibbs said.

The dinner will take place in the context of an official visit by President Calderon, during which the president will have an opportunity to discuss a wide range of issues with President Calderon, including economic competitiveness, our growing security cooperation, clean-energy opportunities, immigration and other key issues.”

First Lady Michelle Obama greets Mrs. Margarita Zavala de Calderon, the First Lady of Mexico, in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House, Feb. 25, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

In addition, First Lady Michelle will visit Mexico City, Mexico, April 13-15, on her first solo official trip as First Lady. Mrs. Obama’s international agenda will amplify the President’s commitment to advancing mutual interests, mutual respect and mutual responsibility between nations and peoples around the world.

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First Lady Michelle Obama Meets With Mexico’s First Lady Margarita Zavala de Calderon

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Meets with Northern Ireland Leaders

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) speaks to reporters with Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson (L) and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (R) before their meeting at the State Department on March 16, 2010 in Washington, DC. Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness are also in the US capital for the St Patrick's Day celebrations. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images North America)

BBC~Northern Ireland’s First and Deputy First Ministers have held talks with the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington DC.

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness are in the US for meetings with political and economic representatives.

The meeting with Secretary Clinton followed a major business briefing event organized by US Economic envoy Declan Kelly.

Deputy First Minister McGuinness said the meeting “provided an opportunity for us to further cement the close ties that we have with this and previous US administrations“.

Over many years Secretary Clinton has played a hugely supportive role in that process, and in our discussions today I welcomed her determination to continue that role,” he said.

First Minister Robinson said they briefed the Secretary of State on “ongoing political developments and on our efforts to promote investment in Northern Ireland“.

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Present the 2010 Women of Courage Awards

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (L) acknowledges guests as First Lady Michelle Obama (R) looks on during the fourth annual Award for International Women of Courage ceremony at the State Department March 10, 2010 in Washington, DC. The ceremony paid tribute to 10 outstanding women leaders worldwide. (Photos by Alex Wong/Getty Images North America)

First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will hosted the annual International Women of Courage Awards on March 10, 2010 at the Department of State.

To mark International Women’s Day, the annual International Women of Courage Award recognizes women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and advancement. This is the only Department of State award that pays tribute to emerging women leaders worldwide, and offers a unique opportunity to recognize those who work in the field of international women’s issues.



Award Winners

Shukria AsilShukria Asil
Afghanistan
Promoting government responsiveness to the needs of women.
Biography


Colonel Shafiqa QuraishiColonel Shafiqa Quraishi
Afghanistan
Integrating women into the government and police force.
Biography


Androula HenriquesAndroula Henriques
Cyprus
Fighting human trafficking.
Biography


Sonia PierreSonia Pierre
Dominican Republic
Ending discrimination based on country of origin and the human rights abuses of statelessness.
Biography


Shadi SadrShadi Sadr
Iran
Advocating for women’s legal rights and an end to execution by stoning.
Biography


Ann NjoguAnn Njogu
Kenya
Seeking social transformation and at the forefront of reforms in Kenya.
Biography


Dr. Lee Ae-ranDr. Lee Ae-ran
Republic of Korea
Promoting human rights in North Korea and aiding the refugee community in the Republic of Korea.
Biography


Jansila MajeedJansila Majeed
Sri Lanka
Strengthening rights for internally displaced persons.
Biography


Sister Marie Claude Naddaf (a.k.a. Sister Marie Claude)Sister Marie Claude Naddaf (a.k.a. Sister Marie Claude)
Syria
Working for social services for women.
Biography


Jestina MukokoJestina Mukoko
Zimbabwe
Documenting human rights abuses.
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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Help Celebrate Greek Independence Day

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President Barack Obama (C) delivers remarks marking Greek Independence Day with Archbishop Demetrios (L), Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, and Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou in the East Room of the White House March 9, 2010 in Washington, DC. Obama hosted the Greek Independence Day celebration two weeks ahead of the actual date, March 25, due to his upcoming trip to Asia. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle hosted a reception at the White House in honor of Greek Independence Day. President Obama met with Prime Minister George Papandreou before the reception began.

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Papandreou Says Meeting with Obama was Successful

President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou during an event celebrating Greek Independence Day n in the East Room of the White House March 9, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America)

Greek USA Reporter~Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou expressed his absolute satisfaction over the results of his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday afternoon, since not only did he find understanding regarding proposals on the joint handling of profiteers, but secured the visa waiver for Greek citizens visiting the United States as well which, as the prime minister said, President Obama decided on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters, Papandreou termed the visa waiver “a vote of confidence” to Greece and noted that the Greek government is determined to respond to its obligations and cooperate closely at international level on the tackling of terrorism.

I briefed President Obama on the state of the economy in our country and on the determination that we showed in taking difficult measures,” Papandreou said, underlining that with the institutional changes being promoted by his government not only in the economy but in other sectors also such as education, health and public administration the country is entering a course of sustainable growth and is becoming competitive and attractive.

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First Lady Michelle Obama met with Mrs. Ada Papandreaou, the First Lady of Greece on March 9, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

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