Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Travels to U.A.E., Zambia, Tanzania, and Ethiopia

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
June 8, 2011
Secretary Clinton Waves While Boarding Airplane

Secretary Clinton travels to the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) for a meeting of the Libya Contact Group on June 9. This meeting will build on the last Contact Group meeting held in Rome and will allow the United States to discuss with its international partners the range of issues with respect to addressing the situation in Libya, including the ongoing implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973.

Secretary Clinton will then travel to Lusaka, Zambia, on June 10 for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Ministerial Forum, where she will showcase this centerpiece of our trade policy with Africa and engage with government, private sector, and civil society representatives from 37 different countries. While in Zambia, she will also meet with Zambian President Rupiah Banda as well as participate in events to highlight U.S. Government initiatives to improve the lives of the Zambian people.

From there, Secretary Clinton will travel to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to meet with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. In Tanzania, she will highlight our successful bilateral engagement including a host of programs including Feed the Future (FTF). In Ethiopia, Secretary Clinton will focus on regional issues, visiting the African Union (AU) headquarters and meeting with AU Chairperson Jean Ping, in addition to bilateral meetings. She will also meet with civil society to draw attention to their innovative and enterprising work.



Maine, USA
June 8, 2011

Larry in Maine writes:

This trip is very important. Hopefully, the Secretary can persuade the African Union to more conducive toward working with the U.S. and its allies.

Hostgator R.
United Kingdom
June 9, 2011

H.R. in the United Kingdom writes:

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June 9, 2011

James writes:

Strategically, we need the AU as more of an allie. If not, this relationship will create more problems than just what has transpired in the Libyan situation.

Moh'd S.
Saudi Arabia
June 9, 2011

Mohd S. in Saudi Arabia writes:

Hope there would be more further steps and actions to help stopping the ruins of war between Sudenese northern and southern people during this trip Maddam Secretary.

California, USA
June 9, 2011

Carrie in California writes:

Looks like the AU is openly pushing for Gaddafi to leave. From my perspective when Zuma met with Gaddafi, Zuma did not really want to put pressure on Gaddafi. This is understandable since the AU is real close to Gaddafi, but this is counterproductive toward U.S. goal for Gaddafi to leave. AU could have possibly used sanctions or some other tools to put pressure on Gaddafi. I kind of understand why Clinton used Public Diplomacy (called out South Africa on rape/sexual assault issues. Maybe she can get Johnny Carson to set up a task force with an agenda toward building a better relationship with the AU. Because if the AU is not supportive of U.S. foreign policy in Africa, it will become harder for the U.S. to get certain things done.

June 10, 2011

Carla in Spain writes:

@ James, your point sounds good. From there as far as taking the recommendations from the task force, the Secretary of State can set up steering commitee consisting of the following: Deputy Secretary of State (President and Facilitator), Johnny Carson, and other major and regional leaders of the Department of State to see if the recommendations are feasable are not. Then once a final solution has come forward, then the Deputy Secretary can bring the final solution to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State having the support from the president would then have the final say on the solution.

Idris B.
June 11, 2011

Idris B. in Tunisia writes:

Dear Friends we think that the vision of the non elected Libyan Temporal NTC for the "road map" which unfortunately you appear supporting it without any reservation as it appears in the final statement of Aboudaby meeting of the Contact Group for the Libyan issue is done without any consultations with the other parties and do n't meet the minimum standreds of democracy.

We hope this is not your final position and decision regarding this road map specially after the critics of your strong partner the British Foreign Minister.

Thank you for your understanding and support to the libyan cause

New Mexico, USA
June 12, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Idris B. In Tunisia,

Thanks for raising the issue of legitimacy with regards to transition, it's one; as a US citizen; that seems essential to getting right in order to build the peace from "scratch"; or from conflict; in order to get a population just to the point of (in comparision where all you good folks in Tunisia are); Transitioning to new democratic leadership in a peaceful, orderly manner.

So why invest in the NTC? Same reason ( and the US dept of State may feel free to correct me), that we've invested in your democratic process in Tunisia.

The people are of good character and intent.

a) I don't believe any one individual among the members of the NTC wish to run for elected office in any permanently established democratic system.

B) Someone has to help organize the Lybian people, and that's best done by Lybians themselves, so I think we're giving them a chance to to put the money where their word has been given.

Since Ghaddafi now has an officially tattooed bull's eye between his eyes as a legitimate NATO "command and control target", and "his days are numbered".

In a democracy, the leadership is given all the rope it needs to hang itself with by the people who hold the buisiness end of it.

In your country's case, the people simply tightened the noose and invited your leasder to step aside, which he in my opinion wisely did.

Ghaddafi on the other hand has hung himself with his own words; giving the orders to wage war on his people.

Let me ask you this,...what would support look like to you from the US, helping your people deal with these circumstances?

Rusults do matter.

Thus the aid is performance based.

Best regards,


United Kingdom
September 1, 2011

P.F. in the United Kingdom writes:

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DipNote Bloggers reply:

@ P.F. -- Thank you for your kind comment. You can find more information about the region under DipNote's Africa category and on


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