Clinton To Visit Eastern Europe, Caucasus Next Week

WASHINGTON, DC -- US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Eastern Europe and the Caucasus on July 2 for a trip aimed at bolstering bilateral ties, the State Department said Friday.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

In Kiev, the top US diplomat will open the US-Ukrainian Strategic Partnership Commission, which provides for increased cooperation on a range of issues, such as economics, energy and trade, security and defense, reinforcing democracy and cultural exchanges.

She will also meet with President Viktor Yanukovych and Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko, as well as members of non-governmental groups and independent media leaders, according to her spokesman Philip Crowley.

Clinton will then head to Krakow for the 10th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Community of Democracies, which her predecessor Madeleine Albright and her Polish counterpart Bronislaw Geremek initiated in 2000. She will hold talks with Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski.

Her visit will then take her to Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia for meetings with government officials and civil society leaders to "discuss bilateral issues, as well as issues related to regional peace and stability," Crowley said.

Source: AFP