Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Travels to Algeria and the Balkans

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
October 29, 2012
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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, and Croatia from October 29 to November 2.

In Algeria, the Secretary will consult with President Bouteflika on issues of bilateral and regional concern and will follow up the productive discussions on economic and security cooperation at the U.S-Algeria Strategic Dialogue held in Washington on October 19.

The Secretary will then travel to the Balkans to demonstrate the enduring U.S. interest, commitment and support for its future in the European and Euro-Atlantic community. She will be joined by Baroness Catherine Ashton, the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Kosovo.

In Sarajevo, the Secretary and High Representative Ashton will underline the urgent need for party leaders to serve the interests of the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina and accomplish necessary reforms, and will stress the immutability of the international community's commitment to the Dayton Peace Accords.

In both Belgrade and Pristina, in addition to discussing issues of bilateral interest, Secretary Clinton and High Representative Ashton will reiterate U.S.-EU resolve for Serbia and Kosovo to build on previous agreements and advance their dialogue, as well as to encourage concrete steps that will allow those countries to progress on their respective paths to EU membership.

In Tirana, the Secretary will highlight solidarity with NATO ally Albania and help mark the 100th anniversary of Albanian independence with an address to the Parliament, while marking the critical need for greater political cooperation and the rule of law.

In Zagreb, Secretary Clinton will discuss Croatia's role as a NATO ally, its upcoming entry to the European Union in 2013, and its economic situation.

Comments

Comments

Rafed E.
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Algeria
October 29, 2012

Rafed E. in Algeria writes:

A great day for tow reasons: the visit of Madam Hillary Rodham Clinton to Algeria, and my birth day.

DipNote Bloggers reply:

Thank you for your comment, Rafed. We wish you a happy birthday!

Mari
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United States
October 31, 2012

Mari in the U.S.A. writes:

Secretary Clinton should come forward and tell the whole truth about Benghazi. It is senseless for her to allow her own reputation to be stained, in order to help re-elect a president whose conduct in this matter disqualifies him for the office.

Rod L.
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Oregon, USA
November 1, 2012

Rod L. in Oregon writes:

I am so proud to have someone of Secretary Clinton's intelligence and expertise representing the United States to rest of the world. I would especially like to express my heartfelt gratitude for your service to this great country! You are amazing!

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