Secretary Clinton traveled to Turkey July 15-16, 2011, to participate in meetings of the Contact Group on Libya and conduct bilateral meetings with Turkish officials. The Contact Group meetings allow the international community to come together and coordinate views on our next steps with respect to Libya. They also allow us to further assess international progress in implementing UNSCRs 1970 and 1973 as part of our efforts to protect civilians and to facilitate the start of an inclusive Libyan national dialogue that will lead to the country’s reconciliation and reconstruction. While in Turkey the Secretary also met with President Gul, Prime Minister Erdogan, Foreign Minister Davutoglu and other political leaders to discuss Libya, Syria, and a full range of shared bilateral and multilateral issues.
Secretary Clinton traveled to Greece July 17-18, 2011. She met with President Papoulias, Prime Minister Papandreou, Foreign Minister Lambrinidis, and other political leaders to discuss issues of mutual interest.
Secretary Clinton then traveled to India for the second round of the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue, which is taking place in New Delhi on July 19, 2011. The Secretary led the U.S. delegation, accompanied by a high-level group of senior administration officials. This was Secretary Clinton’s second visit to India as Secretary of State.
The depth of the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue demonstrates the United States’ strong support for India as an important actor on the world stage and is representative of the broad and multifaceted U.S.-India relationship. The partnership between the world’s two largest democracies covers issues ranging from counterterrorism and defense cooperation to climate change, high-tech trade, and scientific innovation. Together, the United States and India are working to face the most important and pressing challenges of our time.
During her trip to India, Secretary Clinton also visited Chennai, marking the first visit by a serving U.S. Secretary of State to the city, which has emerged as a hub for the trade, investment, and people-to-people engagement that is driving the U.S.-India relationship.
Secretary Clinton arrives in Bali, Indonesia on July 21 after concluding a two day stop in India. Her visit to Indonesia demonstrates the United States’ sustained commitment to enhance our strategic engagement in Southeast Asia and with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The Secretary will participate on July 22 for the third time in the ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference (PMC), hosted by Indonesia as ASEAN Chair. She will also meet with foreign ministers of the East Asia Summit (EAS), in preparation for President Obama’s participation for the first time in the EAS in November. Secretary Clinton will then host the fourth Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Ministerial Meeting with the foreign ministers of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. Following this meeting, the Secretary will host the first “Friends of the Lower Mekong” (FLM) meeting, which will serve as a forum to encourage coordination of efforts with other partners in the lower Mekong region. In addition, the United States looks forward to hosting a trilateral meeting with the Government of Japan and the Republic of Korea. She will also participate in a number of bilateral meetings with her counterparts in the region.
On July 23 in Bali, Secretary Clinton will lead the U.S. delegation to the 18th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) to discuss regional security issues. She will then deliver opening remarks at the first-ever Regional Entrepreneurship Summit (RES), a follow-on to the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship hosted by President Obama in April 2010, during which Secretary Clinton launched the State Department’s Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP).
On July 24, Secretary Clinton will meet with Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa to discuss key bilateral, regional, and global issues. Following their bilateral meeting, Secretary Clinton and Foreign Minister Natalegawa will co-chair the Joint Commission of the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership, representing President Obama and President Yudhoyono’s long-term commitment to broadening, deepening, and elevating bilateral relations between our two countries.
In Hong Kong on July 25, Secretary Clinton will meet with Chief Executive Donald Tsang and with members of the Hong Kong Legislative Council. Later that day, she will deliver remarks underscoring U.S. economic leadership in the Asia-Pacific.
On July 25, Secretary Clinton will travel to Shenzhen, China following her visit to Hong Kong. She will meet with Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo. Secretary Clinton and State Councilor Dai will review the development of the bilateral relationship since the last U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue and discuss our agenda for the second half of the year. They will also exchange views on regional and global issues of common concern. She returns to Washington, DC later that day.
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