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Annual U.S.-Arab League Dialogue Launched

US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and League of Arab States Secretary General Nabil Elaraby on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining a framework for future dialogue and technical cooperation between the United States and the Arab League.

The MOU launches an annual U.S.-Arab League dialogue. It outlines a plan for a regular high-level dialogue between the Secretary of State and the League of Arab States Secretary General. It also establishes a framework for future cooperation to bring direct benefits to people on both sides, proposing issue-specific dialogues that address areas such as education and humanitarian cooperation.

The MOU was signed on the margins of the UN General Assembly. In their meeting, Clinton and Elaraby noted the value of increased cooperation between the United States and the League, highlighting their shared commitment to further action in support of the Syrian people. They also reaffirmed their condemnation of the killing of U.S. personnel in Libya and violence against Embassies in the region and emphasized the tradition of tolerance shared by citizens in the United States and people across the Arab world.

Speaking on the occasion, Clinton announced a small professional and cultural exchange program to bring Arab League officials together with their American counterparts. "I believe in the potential of multilateral organizations, and as Secretary of State, I have made it a priority to deepen our engagement with regional organizations that are playing a growing role in world events, from the African Union to ASEAN to the Arab League," Clinton said.

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