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    Commemorative African Headrest

    The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is a Department of State-sponsored effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. Launched in 2010, YALI supports young Africans’ efforts to generate economic prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Sub-Saharan Africa. YALI includes a fellowship program, an online community,…

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    Silk Shawl & Silver Rice Container

    Ornately decorated rice container with inscription and silk shawl decorated with silkworm cocoons along the fringe. During a July 2012 meeting, these were received by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a gift from Laotian Foreign Minister Thongloun Sisoulith. The inscription on the rice container reads: "Souvenir from H.E. Dr. Thongloun SISOULITH,…

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    APEC I.D. card

    2004 APEC meeting I.D. card and lanyard, issued to Foreign Service officer Barbara Nielsen. APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) is the premier forum for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region; the U.S. is one of APEC’s 21 members.

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    Printing of 1818 Treaty with Sweden

    This document is a contemporary printing, from 1818, of an important early treaty between the United States and Sweden: the Treaty of Amity & Commerce. The original version was signed in 1783. This is a later, renewed version of the treaty completed in 1818.

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    Printing of 1778 Treaties with France

    The Treaties of Amity and Commerce and of Alliance were arguably the single most important diplomatic success of the colonists during the Revolutionary War. Signed in Paris on February 6, 1778, they created an alliance with France that was crucial to American victory in the conflict. Benjamin Franklin, Silas Deane, and Arthur…

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    U.S.-China Agreements Pen

    As part of this historic opening of U.S.-China relations, Vice-Premier Deng Xiaoping of the People's Republic of China came to Washington, DC, for a State visit with President Carter in January 1979. On January 29, the two leaders signed an Agreement on Cooperation in Science and Technology and a Cultural Agreement. Additional…

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    Tagine Dish

    Hand-painted tagine dish manufactured in Korba, Tunisia and featured in a January 2012 U.S. Embassy Tunis, Tunisia “Doing Business with the U.S.A.” roadshow. The roadshow promoted a program that allows this tagine dish and other products to be imported to the U.S. duty-free, an effort aimed at helping develop the Tunisian handicrafts…

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    Hard Hat from Oil Field Tour

    Occidental Petroleum Co. hard hat from the U.S. Ambassador to Oman’s tour of the Mukhaizna oil field in January 2012. As of 2012, Occidental was the largest U.S. investment in Oman and had greatly increased productivity of the Mukhaizna oil field since taking it over in 2005. Occidental employed 70% of its…