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At a press conference in Ankara on Saturday, March 7, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Foreign Minister Ali Babacan announced the creation of an initiative titled “Young Turkey/Young America: A New Relationship for a New Age.” The program will be designed to foster contact and understanding between young leaders of the two countries:

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the AMIDEAST offices in Ramallah, West Bank, on March 4 to meet with students participating in the English Access Microscholarship Program. Secretary Clinton also praised the Access program in her remarks to the press, specifically indicating that the Department of State will provide more funding for the Youth Education and Study (YES) program and create more opportunities for Palestinian students to study at U.S. universities:

"This program [Access] has been laying an educational foundation for nearly 4,000 Palestinian students. But it should not be the final chapter in their learning. The students I met today and the others who are in these programs should be able to continue their educations.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a roundtable with Indonesian journalists in Jakarta on Friday and highlighted the importance of international exchange programs. In response to a question regarding the Obama Administration's plan to "intensify the dialogue" between Indonesia and the United States, Secretary Clinton said:

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived yesterday in Japan on the first stop of her Asian tour. The Washington Post reports that, on Tuesday morning, Secretary Clinton met with 200 U.S. Embassy employees and told them that the notion of peace and harmony was “a good concept for America’s role in the world. We need to be looking to create more balance, more harmony.”

See http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/16/AR2009021600829.html?hpid=sec-politics for the full article.

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Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) was confirmed by the U.S. Senate this afternoon to be Secretary of State. The vote was 94 to 2.

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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today approved the nomination of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) to be Secretary of State. The Committee voted 16 to 1 in favor of the nomination. A vote of the full Senate will take place after President-elect Barack Obama is sworn in as President on January 20 and officially submits his nominations.

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In testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) yesterday, President-elect Barack Obama’s nominee for Secretary of State, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), told Senators that the State Department “must be fully funded.” She noted that she would return at a later date to talk about the details of the Administration’s budget.

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In testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) yesterday, President-elect Barack Obama’s nominee for Secretary of State, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), told Senators that the State Department “must be fully funded.” She noted that she would return at a later date to talk about the details of the Administration’s budget.

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Senators Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Gordon Smith (R-OR) introduced legislation last week that would authorize assistance to promote quality basic education and establish the achievement of universal basic education in all developing countries as an objective of United States foreign assistance policy. The legislation, S. 1259, is entitled the Education for All Act of 2007 and is currently pending consideration by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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As the 109th Congress adjourned this weekend, legislation to create a new Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Program, S. 3744, gained five additional cosponsors, for a total of sponsorship of 46 Senators (including the original sponsors). The bill was introduced in July by Sens. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Norm Coleman (R-MN).

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