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Secretary Clinton: Travel to the Czech Republic, Belgium, Ireland, and Northern Ireland

December 3, 2012 to December 7, 2012

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is traveling to Prague, the Czech Republic; Brussels, Belgium; Dublin, Ireland; and Belfast, Northern Ireland December 3-7.

Secretary Clinton traveled to Prague, the Czech Republic, December 3 to meet with Czech officials on strengthening Czech energy independence, as well as advancing human rights and supporting democratic transitions around the world.

Secretary Clinton visited Brussels, Belgium, December 4-5 to participate in a meeting of NATO foreign ministers. The Secretary and her counterparts discussed current security challenges in the Western Balkans and NATO’s global partnerships. The Secretary participated in a foreign ministers’ meeting of the NATO-Russia Council on December 4 and of the NATO-Georgia Commission on December 5. NATO foreign ministers also met with their non-NATO partners in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and representatives of the Government of Afghanistan to review the status of the joint Afghan/ISAF transition plan, as well as discuss NATO’s post-2014 mission in Afghanistan. While in Brussels, the Secretary also co-chaired the fourth meeting of the U.S.-European Union (EU) Energy Council to deepen cooperation on energy security and conservation.

The Secretary traveled December 6-7 to Dublin, Ireland, where she participated in the ministerial meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). During the ministerial, she and her counterparts discussed proposals to strengthen the OSCE’s capacity to promote comprehensive security in Eurasia, as well as meet with civil society representatives from across the OSCE region The Secretary also met with Irish officials to discuss areas of cooperation in promoting peace, human rights, and economic growth and will deliver a major speech on U.S. achievements in support of human rights globally.

Secretary Clinton traveled to Belfast, Northern Ireland, December 7, where she met with Northern Ireland officials and discussed the peace process, the trilateral U.S.-Ireland Research and Development Partnership and economic opportunities for Northern Ireland.  She attended an event hosted by The Ireland Funds -- a global fundraising network supporting programs of peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education, and community development in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. 

12/07/2012  Meeting with Staff and Families of Consulate General Belfast
12/07/2012  Remarks to a Lunch Hosted by The Ireland Funds
12/07/2012  Remarks With First Minister of Northern Ireland, Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuinness
12/06/2012  Meeting with Staff and Families of Embassy Dublin
12/06/2012  Remarks With Taoiseach Enda Kenny After Their Meeting
12/06/2012  Frontlines and Frontiers: Making Human Rights a Human Reality
12/06/2012  Intervention at the OSCE Ministerial Council First Plenary Session
12/05/2012  Remarks With EU High Representative Lady Catherine Ashton at the U.S.-EU Energy Council Meeting
12/05/2012  Press Availability Following Ministerial Meetings at NATO Headquarters
12/04/2012  Meeting With Staff and Families of Missions to the EU and NATO, and U.S. Embassy Brussels
12/03/2012  Remarks With Czech Republic Prime Minister Karel Schwarzenberg
12/03/2012  Meeting With Staff and Families of U.S. Embassy Prague
12/03/2012  Background Briefing: Senior State Department Officials En Route to Prague

Press Releases
12/06/2012 Secretary Clinton Launches Embassy Dublin Youth Council

Secretary's Schedule
Public Schedule for December 7, 2012
Public Schedule for December 6, 2012
Public Schedule for December 5, 2012
Public Schedule for December 4, 2012
Public Schedule for December 3, 2012

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