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Secretary Clinton To Travel to Finland, Latvia, and Russia


Press Statement
Victoria Nuland
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 20, 2012

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to Finland, Latvia, and Russia from June 27-June 30. In Helsinki, Finland, Secretary Clinton will hold bilateral meetings with senior Finnish officials to discuss a number of shared foreign policy priorities, including the European economy, Syria, Iran and climate change. She will highlight Finland’s commitment and leadership in Afghanistan, specifically on development and women’s issues. She will also meet with leaders in innovation, entrepreneurship and civil society.

On June 28, the Secretary will travel to Riga, Latvia, where she will meet with senior Latvian officials to discuss a range of issues including our joint commitment to NATO missions and priorities and Latvia’s recovery from economic crisis. She will also participate in a street renaming ceremony in honor of former Under Secretary of State Sumner Welles, whose Welles Declaration formalized the U.S. refusal to recognize the forced incorporation of the Baltic Republics into the Soviet Union.

The Secretary will travel to St. Petersburg, Russia, on June 28 where she will lead the U.S. Delegation to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s Women and the Economy Forum (WEF). During this event, participants will focus on leadership and skills and capacity building, two main areas of the San Francisco Declaration on decreasing barriers to women’s economic participation, as they relate to innovation, STEM, entrepreneurship, and healthy lifestyles. The Secretary will also meet with Foreign Minister Lavrov as well as civil society leaders.



PRN: 2012/1017

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