Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hillary Clinton meets with Egyptian President Mubarak

Our Secretary was back from Africa and in the action Monday with a full schedule of events.

10:00 a.m. EST - Secretary Clinton swears in Ellen Tauscher, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, at the State Department.

1:00 p.m. EST - Hosts bilateral Meeting with His Excellency President Mubarak of the Arab Republic of Egypt, at the Four Seasons.

During the daily press briefing we got some details about this interesting meeting. We know that it was an hour long meeting. President Mubarak of Egypt is in town to meet with President Obama, which he did today. This was his first trip to Washington in five years. They discussed numerous things obviosly befitting the strategic partnership between Egypt and the United States. They compared notes on the status of efforts by the United States and others to resume a negotiation between Israel and Palestine as part of a comprehensive peace in the Middle East and talked about a range of regional issues, including the situation in Iran, the situation in Sudan as well as about the situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan as we approach elections in Afghanistan on Thursday. Also, economics, trade, educational opportunities, human rights and democracy were all topics touched on during their meeting.

Watch a little bit of chit chat between them below:

4:00 p.m. EST - Secretary Clinton swears in Kenneth Merten, U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, at the State Department.

5:15 p.m. EST - Secretary Clinton swears in Carlos Pascual, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, at the State Department.

6:30 p.m. EST - Secretary Clinton hosts Higher Education Policy Dinner, at the State Department. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (R) speaks as Colombian Foreign Minister Jaime Bermudez Merizalde (L) listens during a joint press availability at the State Department August 18, 2009 in Washington, DC. Clinton and Merizalde were expected to discuss various issues including the U.S.-Colombia Defense Cooperation Agreement and the ongoing situation in Honduras.

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