Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback will travel to Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, and the Netherlands, November 10-20.
Ambassador Brownback will begin his trip in Belgrade, Serbia, on November 11, where he will meet with the Serbian Orthodox Patriarch His Holiness Irinej and representatives of other religious groups to discuss religious freedom issues in Serbia.
Ambassador Brownback will then travel to Srebrenica and Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on November 12, to participate in a tour of the Memorial Center and Cemetery, placing a wreath to commemorate lives lost at the site, followed by meetings with religious leaders.
On November 14, Ambassador Brownback will arrive in Pristina, Kosovo, where he will deliver remarks at a U.S. Embassy-hosted event on religious pluralism with youth from various faith communities. Ambassador Brownback will also meet with religious leaders.
Ambassador Brownback will then visit Podgorica, Montenegro, on November 15, to meet with local religious leaders.
From November 18-19, Ambassador Brownback will be in Tirana, Albania, where he will deliver remarks at the “Religion as an Instrument for Peace” conference. Albania is hosting this regional conference as a follow-on to the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. Ambassador Brownback will also meet with various government and religious leaders.
The Ambassador will end his trip in The Hague in the Netherlands, on November 20, where he will participate in a meeting of the International Contact Group for Religious Freedom to discuss the International Religious Freedom Alliance with like-minded members.
To keep up with Ambassador Brownback’s travel, follow @IRF_Ambassador on Twitter and use the hashtag #religiousfreedom for updates. For more information, please contact Aaron Bruce at BruceA2@state.gov or IRFpress@state.gov.