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The Obama Administration: March 17-31, 2011

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To view the fact sheet on the Colombia Strategic Development Initiative (CSDI) click HERE.

To view the fact sheet on Demand Reduction click HERE.

To view the fact sheet on Partnerships for Progress: Education and Innovation click HERE.

To view the fact sheet on Existing Education Exchanges click HERE.

To view the fact sheet on the NEXUS Innovation Initiative click HERE.

To view the fact sheet on U.S. Defense Cooperation in the Americas click HERE.

The President spoke by telephone with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey about the   situation in Libya. The President expressed appreciation for Turkey's ongoing humanitarian efforts in Libya, including its assistance in facilitating the release and safe passage to Tunisia of four New York Times journalists who had been detained in Libyan custody. Source

The President sent a letter to the United States Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the U.S. Senate regarding the commemcement of U.S. military actions in Libya, ""to assist an international effort authorized by the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council and undertaken with the support of European allies and Arab partners, to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe and address the threat posed to international peace and security by the crisis in Libya."

The White House announced an Easter Egg Roll Poster Contest for local school children, with First Lady Michelle Obama selecting the winning design to serve as the official 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll poster. All elementary and middle school students in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia were encouraged to submit poster designs by April 4, 2011 at 11:59pm EST for consideration. The poster design selected would be used as part of the White House 2011 Easter Egg Roll program, and the winning student artist invited to attend the event, along with his or her class. Source


Day757/March22nd/Tuesday: The President and his family journeyed from Santiago, Chile to San Salvador, El Salvador, where they were welcomed in an arrival ceremony at the National Palace. Source

The President and President Mauricio Funes of El Salvador held a bilateral meeting, after which they held an expanded bilateral meeting. Source

The President and President Funes held a joint press conference at the National Palace. Transcript Video

The President and the First Lady Michelle Obama attended an official dinner hosted by President Funes at the National Palace. President Obama's Toast Remarks

To view the fact sheet on Strengthening the U.S.-El Salvador Economic Relationship click HERE .

To view the fact sheet on Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas click HERE .

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