During his long Foreign Service career, Ambassador Ryan Crocker served as U.S. Ambassador to #Lebanon, #Kuwait, #Syria, #Pakistan, #Iraq, and #Afghanistan. On December 19, 1998, while serving in Syria, protestors breached the embassy compound walls and damaged portions of his residence. The damage included this commission, which is a document that gives a diplomat the authority of his or her government to act in a certain official capacity. This artifact and others will reside at the new US Diplomacy Center. Join us on Wednesday at noon ET to watch #SecKerry and five former Secretaries of State give remarks at the groundbreaking for the new center, live at state.gov.
What happens when VIPs arrive at the Department of State to meet with Secretary Kerry? Check out this morning’s arrival of Pakistan National Security and Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz for the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue and learn more about this important relationship at go.usa.gov/BaqG.
In the top photo, Secretary Kerry is greeted by U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson as he arrives in Islamabad, Pakistan, on July 31, 2013. Read more about the Secretary’s trip here.
On July 12 — less than a year after she was shot by the Taliban for her strong voice in this fight — Malala Yousafzai will mark her 16th birthday by delivering the highest leadership of the UN a set of education demands written by youth, for youth, to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Tell your friends and family that you stand with Malala, the young Pakistani champion for universal education and girls’ rights. We want to see your photos, vines and Instagram videos. Tag them #MalalaDay and we’ll feature them on our social media platforms next week.
Here is one to get you started: http://vine.co/v/hauYOZm1Ttt
Sign and share her petition for education today: http://www.aworldatschool.org/malaladay
Image credit: A World At School
More: Photos From the Trip
Following a busy Tuesday at NATO, Secretary of State John Kerry continued to meet with foreign leaders in Brussels today. Secretary Kerry began this morning with “an expansive conservation” with Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, before he met with Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze and then held a dialogue with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. His meetings covered an extensive range of topics, from the importance of trade negotiations to security… more »
U.S. Secretary of State delivers remarks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Pakistani General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, and Pakistani Foreign Secretary Jalil Jilani before their meeting in Tervuren, Belgium on April 24, 2013. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2013/04/207920.htm