TGIF: SOS Hillary Rodham Clinton Friday December 10th Schedule
SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON
11:00 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Palestinian Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat, at the Department of State.
1:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Israeli Kadima Leader Tzipi Livni, at the Department of State.
2:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with UN Special Envoy Terje Roed-Larsen, at the Department of State.
2:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton and Assistant Secretary Posner co-host the 2010 Department of State Eleanor Roosevelt Awards, at the Department of State.
4:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton delivers remarks at the International Human Rights Day Town Hall hosted by Assistant Secretary Posner with civil society representatives and human rights community leaders, at the Department of State.
5:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C.
5:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C.
8:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton addresses the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy Seventh Annual Forum, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C.
So, tonight is the big Mideast speech at the Saban Center. Here’s more information on it:
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will address the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy Seventh Annual Forum.
Haim Saban will introduce Secretary Clinton. Following her remarks, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak will deliver remarks. Secretary Clinton will then join Defense Minister Barak and Ambassador Martin Indyk for a moderated discussion including questions from the audience.
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Former President William Jefferson Clinton, Quartet Representative Tony Blair and Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman will also participate in the Saban Forum through December 12.
Secretary Clinton’s remarks will be open to credentialed members of the media. Press will be escorted out immediately following her remarks. The moderated discussion will be closed to the press.
The theme of the 2010 Saban Forum is “U.S.-Israeli Relations: Facing Hard Choices.” The Forum will focus on the critical decisions that American and Israeli leaders will confront in the coming year to move the Israeli-Palestinian peace process forward, as well as deal with Iran’s nuclear challenge.
I’ll post the transcript/video of the speech if it is made available. I’ll refrain from commenting when I do – you all can reach your own conclusions about the status of what is/isn’t going on. I’m sure the remarks will be very much geared towards the Israel-centric audience given the title/theme of the event (“U.S.-Israeli Relations: Facing Hard Choices”). Salam Fayyad will be making an appearance on behalf of Palestinians/Arabs. Interesting that the moderated discussion isn’t open to the press.