US-GCC Summit

05/12/2015

US-GCC Summit

US-GCC Summit Dates Announced

Published: April 17, 2015 Patrick W. Ryan | SUSRIS

The White House today announced May 13-14, 2015 as the dates for the US-GCC Summit proposed by President Obama. Gulf Cooperation Council leaders — Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Oman — will meet on May 13 at the White House and May 14 at Camp David, Maryland. The summit was mentioned by President Obama in his April 2, 2015 Rose Garden remarks where he announced the P5+1 and Iran framework agreement.

The summit comes as the United States and its GCC allies face mounting regional security challenges. The U.S. and most of the GCC states are involved in two international coalitions cobbled together, first an American-led campaign begun last summer to push back and destroy the ISIS threat in Iraq and Syria and second a Saudi-led intervention in Yemen launched March 26th to stop the Houthi rebels. The United States agreed to provide “logistical and intelligence support” in the case of Yemen. In announcing that support the White House noted, “The United States coordinates closely with Saudi Arabia and our GCC partners on issues related to their security and our shared interests.”

For more:http://susris.com/2015/04/17/us-gcc-summit-dates-announced/ .

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United States-GCC Summit
May 13 – 14, 2015
White House, Washington D.C.
& Camp David, Catoctin Mountain Park, Maryland

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White House State Dinner

04/26/2015
December 12, 1874  King David Kalākaua of Hawai'i was the first head of state to be honored with a White House State Dinner on by President and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant

December 12, 1874 King David Kalākaua of Hawai’i was the first head of state to be honored with a White House State Dinner by President and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant

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Great Seal of the United States

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Royal Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Hawai’i

From the Archives: State Dinners at the White House

King David Kalākaua of Hawai’i was the first head of state to be honored with a White House State Dinner on December 12, 1874 by President and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant.  In the years that have followed, State Dinners have come to signify the utmost respect for visiting heads of state.  Each State Dinner is an historic event with the power to cement friendships with allies and foster cooperation with warming relations.

Months of meticulous planning go into a State Dinner and thorough research is conducted to celebrate the guest of honor’s country, culture, and favored preferences.  Hallmarks of American culture are also chosen, often by the First Lady.  Together, these considerations are translated into details both large and small, including invitations, menus, guest lists, and entertainment.  The results can be a form of diplomatic dialogue between the host and guest cultures.

For more: http://blogs.archives.gov/prologue/index.php?s=%27state+dinner%27

WH State Dinners Stats

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March 23, 2015

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Abe of Japan

President Obama will host Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan for an official visit to the White House on April 28, including a State Dinner that evening. The two leaders will celebrate the strong global partnership that the United States and Japan have developed during the 70 years since the end of World War II, and underscore the common values and principles that have made the bilateral relationship so enduring. President Obama and Prime Minister Abe will discuss a range of economic, security, and global issues, including progress on the Trans Pacific Partnership, Japan’s expanding role in the Alliance, and climate change.

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Japan State Dinner Press Preview and Spousal Program

Monday, April 27, 2015

The White House * 11:00 AM – On Monday, April 27 in the State Dining Room, the Office of the First Lady will host a press preview of Tuesday night’s Japan State Dinner and unveil the Obama State China Service.

As is tradition, First Lady Michelle Obama participated in the design and selection of the State China. The purchase of this China Service was funded by a special donation from the White House Endowment Trust of the White House Historical Association, a private nonprofit organization.

In addition to the Obama State China Service, sample place settings for the State Dinner will be on display for photos and b-roll. Officials and Executive Residence staff will deliver brief remarks and answer questions on background.

Tuesday evening’s dinner marks the eighth State or Official Visit of the Obama Administration; previous visits include: India in November 2009, Mexico in May 2010, China in January 2011, Germany in June 2011, Korea in October 2011, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland in March 2012, and France in February 2014.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Abe and his wife, Mrs. Akie Abe to the White House
South Lawn

President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Abe hold a bilateral meeting
The Oval Office

First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Akie Abe tour a Japanese Immersion classroom
Great Falls Elementary, Great Falls, Virginia

First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Akie Abe deliver remarks at a school-wide assembly
Great Falls Elementary, Great Falls, Virginia

President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Abe hold a press conference
Rose Garden

Vice President Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry host a lunch in honor of Prime Minister Abe
The Department of State

First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Akie Abe watch a performance of Taiko drummers and student vocalists
Great Falls Elementary, Great Falls, Virginia

First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Akie Abe plant a Kwanzan cherry tree in their Japanese Garden in commemoration
Great Falls Elementary, Great Falls, Virginia

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome Japanese Prime Minister and Mrs. Abe
North Portico

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama take an official photo with Japanese Prime Minister Abe and Mrs. Abe
Grand Staircase

President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Abe deliver toasts at the State Dinner
East Room

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosts the State Dinner Reception with Japanese Prime Minister Abe and Mrs. Abe
State Dining Room

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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and first lady Michelle Obama (2nd L) welcome Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2nd R) and his wife Akie Abe (L) for a State Dinner in their honor at the White House in Washington, April 28, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and first lady Michelle Obama (2nd L) welcome Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2nd R) and his wife Akie Abe (L) for a State Dinner in their honor at the White House in Washington, April 28, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
host a State Dinner for
Japanese Prime Minister Abe and his wife, Mrs. Akie Abe
White House

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Earthquake in Nepal

04/26/2015
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Earthquake in Nepal
APRIL 25, 2015  POSTED BY DIPNOTE BLOGGERS

There was a 7.8 Richter scale earthquake that occurred approximately 50 miles from Kathmandu at noon local time. There is significant property damage in Kathmandu.  Secretary of State John Kerry conveyed deepest condolences to all those affected, including families in Nepal, India, and Bangladesh.

The U.S. Embassy in Nepal is currently conducting accountability checks of U.S. Embassy personnel and U.S. citizens.  The U.S. Embassy issued an emergency message advising all U.S. citizens to shelter in place if they are in a safe location. Any American citizens needing assistance should contact the Embassy at (+977 1) 423 4068, 423 4120, 423 4494, 423 4269, 423 4340, 423 4542, or 423 4144 or if in the United States can contact the State Department directly at 1-888-407-4747.

We encourage people in the United States to contact the State Department at NepalEmergencyUSC@state.gov or 1-888-407-4747 to provide us with information about U.S. citizens who may be in need of assistance in Nepal.

We are closely working with the government of Nepal to provide assistance and support.  Ambassador Peter W. Bodde is in touch with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office Of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) about the U.S. response to the Nepal earthquake.  USAID has a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) on its way, and OFDA activated a Fairfax County Fire and Rescue team specializing in urban search and rescue to deploy with the DART to help in the response efforts.  In addition, the U.S. Mission in Nepal will contribute $1 million in initial assistance to support disaster relief efforts.

Please follow @USEmbassyNepal@theOFDA, and @StateDept on Twitter and ‘like’ the U.S. Embassy in Nepal on Facebook for updates.

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on the Earthquake in Nepal

The American people express deep condolences for the lives lost in today’s earthquake.  The earthquake and subsequent landslides caused widespread damage and loss of life in Nepal, India and Bangladesh. The United States is deploying a team of disaster response experts to Nepal, is providing an initial one million dollars in disaster relief assistance, and stands ready to assist the Government and people of Nepal and the region further in this time of need.

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April 25, 2015 Press Statement by Secretary of State John Kerry

I join the people of the United States in expressing our deepest condolences to all of those affected by today’s earthquake in Nepal, including the families of those who died in Nepal, India, and Bangladesh.

We are working closely with the government of Nepal to provide assistance and support. Ambassador Bodde has issued a disaster declaration in order to immediately release an initial $1 million for humanitarian assistance. USAID is preparing to deploy a Disaster Assistance Response Team and is activating an Urban Search and Rescue Team to accompany disaster experts and assist with assessments of the situation.

To the people in Nepal and the region affected by this tragedy we send our heartfelt sympathies. The United States stands with you during this difficult time.

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April 29, 2015  President’s Call with Prime Minister Sushil Koirala of Nepal

The President spoke today with Prime Minister Sushil Koirala of Nepal to convey the deep condolences of the American people for the loss of life and massive destruction caused by the April 25 earthquake in Nepal. They discussed the ongoing efforts by U.S. civilian and military personnel to assist the Government of Nepal and international organizations in the disaster response efforts, including with rescue and logistics support. The President pledged that the United States will do all that it can to help the people of Nepal in their time of need.

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How You Can Help

  • For individuals and US community groups looking to learn the best ways to help the relief efforts, please visit the Center for International Disaster Information (www.cidi.org).
  • The best way to help those affected is to make a monetary donation to a reputable humanitarian organization working in the disaster zone. As a U.S. government agency, USAID does not accept donations for its crisis response efforts, but non-governmental organizations have issued appeals for donations.
  • There are several ways to identify reputable, established organizations that make the most of monetary or material donations, including InterAction (www.interaction.org), a coalition of non-profit humanitarian organizations, and GlobalGiving (www.globalgiving.org), which lists disaster-recovery projects worldwide, including in Nepal.
  • “Watchdog” organizations that offer information on responding organizations include The Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance (give.org), The American Institute of Philanthropy (www.charitywatch.org), GuideStar (www.guidestar.org), and Charity Navigator (www.charitynavigator.org).
  • For groups responding on the ground who want to know how to connect and coordinate, visit the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) site (www.unocha.org). In addition, the United Nations maintains ReliefWeb (www.reliefweb.int), a repository of information listed by disaster, submitted by responding humanitarian organizations.

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VP Biden Travel to Belgium and Germany

02/05/2015

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Vice President Biden travels to Brussels, Belgium and Munich, Germany starting Thursday, February 5th through Sunday, February 8th. This will be the first trip to Brussels at this level for the Vice President; President Obama was in Brussels for a summit with European leaders last March.

The United States and Belgium share a close partnership. The Vice President looks forward to discussing their broad shared economic, security, and development agenda.

On Ukraine, the Vice President will discuss both the current escalation of the conflict by Russia and the need to impose additional costs on Russia for its ongoing aggression in eastern Ukraine and the economic reforms that Ukraine is undertaking and how the European Union and the United States, along with the international community can continue to galvanize additional financial support for Ukraine.

On energy security, the Vice President will discuss with the EU leadership, plans for diversifying fuel types, sources of energy, and transit routes to reduce the ability of any one country to use energy as a political weapon; and of course, they’ll likely consult on an ongoing negotiations around the world on climate change and our efforts in that respect, as well.

On TTIP, where negotiators are meeting this week, there will be a real opportunity for a fresh start in the negotiations. The Vice President will underscore that this agreement is really in the geostrategic interests of both the United States and Europe and the importance of our efforts to update the rules of the road globally, and set the standards for trade, in addition to bolstering growth and job creation on both (inaudible).

On terrorism, the Vice President will discuss our efforts to counter violent extremism, stem the flow in financing for foreign terrorist fighters to travel, and better share information on such individuals.

In Munich, on Saturday and Sunday of this week, the Vice President will attend the annual Munich Security Conference, where he’ll deliver remarks on European and global security challenges. The Vice President has spoken before at the Munich Security Conference, including in 2009, just after the President and the Vice President took office. And his visit will come just a day after our administration releases President Obama’s 2015 National Security Strategy as part of our effort to further define America’s foreign policy agenda and vision for U.S. global leadership. Accompanying Vice President Biden will be Secretary Kerry and a number of other senior U.S. officials, including a very substantial congressional delegation.

The Vice President will hold a joint meeting in a trilateral format with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. This will give the three leaders an opportunity to discuss the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and international support for Ukraine’s reform efforts, including through financial assistance.

The Vice President will also meet with the NATO Secretary General to discuss European security and in particular NATO’s Readiness Action Plan, as well as other ongoing efforts to strengthen the Alliance.

The Vice President will meet with a number of other European and international leaders including the European Parliament President, Martin Schulz; the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament, the European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Vice President Federica Mogherini, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili,  Montenegran Prime Minister Milo Đukanović, among others on the sidelines of the conference.

European Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP)

Feb 6 @ 15:30 T-TIP Conference 

2/6/15 Fact Sheet: The 2015 National Security Strategy

2/6/15 Letter from the President — National Security Strategy

2/6/15 Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan Rice on the 2015 National Security Strategy

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Vice President Biden Belgium and Germany Travel Itinerary

Friday, February 6

Vice President Biden meets European Parliament President Martin Schulz and the European Parliament Conference of Presidents
European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium

Vice President Biden attends a working lunch with European Council President Donald Tusk
Justus Lipsius Building, Brussels, Belgium

Vice President Biden meets with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Vice President and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini
Berlaymont Building, Brussels, Belgium

Vice President Biden meets with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel
Egmont Palace, Brussels, Belgium

Vice President Biden meets with staff and families of the U.S. Embassy Brussels, the U.S. Mission to the European Union, and the U.S. Mission to NATO
U.S. Embassy Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

Vice President Biden departs Brussels en route Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden arrives in Munich, Germany
Munich International Airport

Vice President Biden overnights in Munich, Germany

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Saturday, February 7

Vice President Biden attends the Munich Security Conference
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden holds a trilateral meeting with Chancellor Merkel and President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with President Rosen Plevneliev of Bulgaria
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden deliver remarks to the Munich Security Conference
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
Commerzbank Building, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq
Commerzbank Building, Munich, Germany

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Sunday, February 8

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili of Georgia
Westin Grand Munchen Hotel, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Milo Dukanovic of Montenegro
Westin Grand Munchen Hotel, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Iraqi Kurdistan Regional President Masoud Barzani
Westin Grand Munchen Hotel, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden departs Munich en route Washington, D.C.

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Munich Security Conference

The Munich Security Conference (MSC, German: Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz) is the largest international security policy conference and it held annually. The list of attendees includes Heads of States, Governments and International Organizations, Ministers, Members of Parliament, high-ranking representatives of Armed Forces, Science, Civil society as well as Business and Media.

Over the past five decades the Munich Security Conference (MSC) has become a key annual gathering for the international  “strategic community.” Since its foundation in 1963 as “Internationale Wehrkunde-Begegnung,” the MSC has been an independent forum dedicated to promoting peaceful conflict resolution and international cooperation and dialogue in dealing with today’s and future security challenges. It has especially focused on the transatlantic partnership. In addition to the traditional annual conference in Munich in early February, the MSC has developed smaller formats, including, in particular, MSC Core Group Meetings and Cyber Security Summits, to discuss key challenges in international security policy in different capitals around the world.

Learn more: https://www.securityconference.de/en/

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MSC FaceBook http://de-de.facebook.com/MunSecConf
MSC Twitter https://twitter.com/MunSecConf

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Munich Security Conference
February 6–8, 2015
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

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President Obama Travels to India & Saudi Arabia

01/23/2015

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November 21, 2014

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to India

At the invitation of Prime Minister Modi, the President will travel to India in January 2015 to participate in the Indian Republic Day celebration in New Delhi as the Chief Guest. This visit will mark the first time a U.S. president will have the honor of attending Republic Day, which commemorates the adoption of India’s constitution. The President will meet with the Prime Minister and Indian officials to strengthen and expand the U.S.-India strategic partnership.

#ObamaInIndia

This will be President Obama’s second trip to India as a sitting president. President Obama will be accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obana, a delegation comprising of members of the Cabinet, Pentagon, White House officials, members of Congress and top American business leaders.

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U.S. – India Strategic Cooperation
U.S. – India Energy and Climate Change
U.S. – India Education and Development
U.S. – India Trade and Economic Cooperation
U.S.-India Trade Agreements
U.S. – India Science and Technology, Health and Innovation

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1/25/15 Fact Sheet: U.S. and India Climate and Clean Energy Cooperation
1/25/15 U.S.-India Joint Statement साँझा प्रयास – सबका विकास” – “Shared Effort; Progress for All”
1/25/15 U.S.-India Joint Strategic Vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region
1/25/15 India-U.S. Delhi Declaration of Friendship

President Obama and First Lady Michelle’s India & Saudi Arabia Travel Itinerary

Sunday, January 25

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive in
Ramstein, Germany and Air Force One refuels
Ramstein Air Base

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama depart Ramstein Air Force Base en route New Dehli, India
Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive in India
Air Force Station Palam

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama participates in official arrival ceremony with India President Mukherjee
Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi, India

President Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony and tree planting
Raj Ghat, New Delhi, India

President Obama attends a working lunch hosted by India Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Hyderabad House, New Delhi, India

President Obama participates in a walk and talk with India Prime Minister Modi
Hyderabad House, New Delhi, India

President Obama and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi hold a bilateral meeting
Hyderabad House, New Delhi, India

President Obama and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi hold a press conference
Hyderabad House, New Delhi, India

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama meet with Embassy personnel and families
ITC Maurya Hotel, New Dehli, India

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend a banquet in his honor by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee
Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, India

Monday, January 26

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the Republic Day parade as the state guest of honor of India
Rajpath Saluting Base, New Delhi, India

President Obama meets with Congress Party Leaders
ITC Maurya Hotel, New Delhi, India

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the Republic Day reception with India President Mukherjee
Rajpath Saluting Base, New Delhi, India

President Obama and India Prime Mnister Modi take part in Indo-US CEO Roundtable
Taj Palace HotelNew Delhi, India

President Obama and India Prime Mnister Modi deliver remarks at the U.S.- India Business Summit
Taj Palace HotelNew Delhi, India

Tuesday, January 27

President Obama participates in a town hall meeting; First Lady Michelle Obama attends
Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi, India

President Barack Obama joins India Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his monthly radio address ‘Mann ki baat’  to the people of India
New Delhi, India

President Obama is interviewed by Fareed Zakaria of CNN
New Delhi, India

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visit the Taj Mahal
Agra, India

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama travel to Riyadh,  Saudi Arabia

President Obama and First Lady Michelle pay their respects to the memory of Saudi Arabia King Abdullah and meet with new Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud
Riyadh,  Saudi Arabia

President Obama and First Lady Michelle pay their respects to the memory of Saudi Arabia King Abdullah and meet with new Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud
Erga Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

President Obama participates in delegation introductions
Erga Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

President Obama and King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud hold a bilateral meeting
Erga Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

President Obama and First Lady Michelle attends a dinner hosted by King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud
Erga Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama return to the United States

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2nd Annual U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue

01/04/2015

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THE HIGH-LEVEL ECONOMIC DIALOGUE

In Mexico City in May 2013, President Barack Obama and President Enrique Peña Nieto announced the formation of the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED) to promote economic growth in the United States and Mexico, create jobs for citizens on both sides of the border, and ensure our nations can compete globally, making North America more competitive.

The HLED meet annually at the cabinet level and will build on and promote sustained progress in a range of existing successful bilateral dialogues and working groups. Mexico and the United States have developed a work plan laying out potential areas for cooperation under three broad pillars including: promoting competitiveness and connectivity; fostering economic growth, productivity, entrepreneurship, and innovation; and partnering for regional and global leadership.

The HLED is an annual meeting chaired by Vice President Biden and attended by cabinet secretaries from both countries to give strategic direction to initiatives designed to improve economic competitiveness.

FACT SHEET: U.S.–Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue

Joint Statement: United States-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue

U.S.-Mexico Trade http://www.ustr.gov/countries-regions/americas/mexico

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2/27/15 Statement of Principles on Security Cooperation between the Governments of the United States and Mexico

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January 6, 2015
Vice President Biden hosts the second United States-Mexico High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED) meeting
White House

President Obama hosts bilateral meetings with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto 
White House

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Peace On Earth & Good Will To All

12/25/2014

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