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Much attention this week centered on Pakistan, as Secretary Clinton and Pakistan Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, accompanied by high-level delegations, met in Washington on October 20-22, for the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue. You can read Secretary Clinton's remarks from these meetings here and here, and read the joint statement released by the U.S. and Pakistan here. We also told you about some other visitors from Pakistan: eight winners of the "Pakistan Fast Growth 25," who received entrepreneurship training at Harvard, and five water management experts here for discussions under the auspices of the International Visitor Leadership Program.
Other regions in DipNote news this week: Senior officials briefed on U.S. diplomatic efforts on Sudan, ahead of the January referenda; Secretary Clinton spoke at the U.S. Northern Ireland Economic Conference (read here why trade is so vital for the peace process); and the U.S. congratulated the people of Kyrgyzstan on their recent elections. Afghan Governor Abdul Jabar Naeemi spoke to audiences in Brussels, Paris, and The Hague on a USNATO-sponsored program, and we took a look at civilian-military coordination in four eastern Afghan provinces. Our photo of the week captured a behind-the-scenes look at Secretary Clinton's recent travel to Brussels, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Kosovo, and U.S. Embassy Georgetown captured our hearts with the good work of "Continuing Promise 2010." Our weekly look at ART in EMBASSIES took us to Baghdad for the works of environmentalist artist Alexis Rockman, and a look at cultural diplomacy took us back to the Battle of Waterloo -- on a miniature scale. On the home front, we celebrated the opening of the newest passport agency, in Buffalo, New York.
Three very different stories this week explored themes of support and empowerment. Ambassador Cousin wrote about the care given to preventing malnutrition and ensuring the high quality of food assistance. The Office of Global Women's Issues described the freedom and opportunities made possible by mobile technology. And Secretary Clinton offered a message of hope and encouragement to LGBT youth and to all who are faced with bullying.
Did you notice that our roundup of global stories didn't include content this week from the East Asia/Pacific region? Watch for substantial coverage of that part of the world in the coming days, as the Secretary travels to Hawaii, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and Australia. In the meantime, you can check out the question of the week (now in a new easy-to-find spot on DipNote's right-hand sidebar!): As the United States enhances its engagement in the Pacific, what regional issues should top the agenda, and why? We look forward to hearing your thoughts.