Sat, 26 May 2012 09:41:29 GMT

Clinton to embark on seven nation European tour



From Lalit K Jha
Washington, May 26, 2012 (PTI) Seeking a closer bilateral ties with various European nations, the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, would embark on a seven nation week-long trip to Europe next week.

Leaving Washington on May 31, Clinton�s latest European sojourn would take her to Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkey.

In Copenhagen, Denmark, Clinton will hold bilateral meetings with senior Danish officials.

She will also participate in the kick-off event for Green Partnerships for Growth, a bilateral initiative to promote green technology through public and private sector partnerships.

On June 1, Clinton will travel to Oslo, Norway, where she will meet with senior Norwegian officials and give keynote remarks at a global health conference hosted by the Norwegian government titled, "A World in Transition � Charting a New Path in Global Health.

"On June 2, the Secretary will be in Tromso, north of the Arctic Circle and home of the Arctic Council Permanent Secretariat, for discussions of US-Norwegian cooperation in the Arctic, including on climate change and the sustainable development of untapped resources.

The next day Clinton will travel to Stockholm, Sweden, for meetings with senior Swedish officials to discuss a range of issues, including green energy, Internet freedom, Afghanistan and the Middle East.

In Stockholm she will also participate in a Climate and Clean Air Coalition event on short-lived climate pollutants.

Clinton will travel to the Caucasus from June 4 to 7.

In all these countries, the State Department said she will discuss important issues of regional security, democracy, economic development and counter-terrorism.

On June 7, Clinton will co-chair the Global Counter-terrorism Forum Ministerial in Istanbul, Turkey and consult with senior Turkish officials on a range of foreign policy challenges, including Syria and Iran.

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