Clinton to visit Eastern Europe, Caucasus next week

Agence France Presse
June 25, 2010 Friday 6:15 PM GMT

Clinton to visit Eastern Europe, Caucasus next week

WASHINGTON, June 25 2010

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Eastern Europe
and the Caucasus on July 2 for a trip aimed at bolstering bilateral
ties, the State Department said Friday.

In Kiev, the top US diplomat will open the US-Ukrainian Strategic
Partnership Commission, which provides for increased cooperation on a
range of issues, such as economics, energy and trade, security and
defense, reinforcing democracy and cultural exchanges.

She will also meet with President Viktor Yanukovych and Foreign
Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko, as well as members of
non-governmental groups and independent media leaders, according to
her spokesman Philip Crowley.

Clinton will then head to Krakow for the 10th anniversary celebration
of the founding of the Community of Democracies, which her predecessor
Madeleine Albright and her Polish counterpart Bronislaw Geremek
initiated in 2000. She will hold talks with Polish Foreign Minister
Radoslaw Sikorski.

Her visit will then take her to Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia for
meetings with government officials and civil society leaders to
“discuss bilateral issues, as well as issues related to regional peace
and stability,” Crowley said.

From: A. Papazian

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