Following a busy Tuesday at NATO, Secretary of State John Kerry continued to meet with foreign leaders in Brussels today. Secretary Kerry began this morning with “an expansive conservation” with Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, before he met with Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze and then held a dialogue with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. His meetings covered an extensive range of topics, from the importance of trade negotiations to security… more »
Meeting of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission’s Economic and People-to-People Working Groups
Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 17, 2012
The U.S. Department of State will hold meetings of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission working groups for Economic, Energy, and Trade on December 17 and People-to-People Cultural Exchanges on December 18.
The Economic, Energy, and Trade Working Group will be led by the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB) Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Robert Manogue and U.S. Department of Commerce Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary John Andersen. The Georgian co-chairs will be Davit Zalkaliani, First Deputy Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Irakli Matkava, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economic and Sustainable Development. The Working Group will discuss cooperation in bilateral trade and investment, agriculture, intellectual property rights, energy security and supply diversification, infrastructure development, and regional economic integration. MORE
About the Author: Ivo H. Daalder serves as U.S. Ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Our goals at this Ministerial are clear and simple: to support our ally Turkey by moving toward a deployment of Patriot Missiles to augment their air defenses, to help them protect their people and population; to broaden our cooperation and political dialogue with Russia; to strengthen our partnerships with other countries, including Georgia; and with all our ISAF partners, to monitor our progress toward successful transition in Afghanistan by 2014.
In addition to the goals, however, this Ministerial is noteworthy, because of Secretary Clinton. This is her 38th trip to Europe since becoming Secretary of State; and her ninth and last NATO Ministerial.
Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Travels to Prague, Brussels, Dublin, and Belfast
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to Prague, the Czech Republic; Brussels, Belgium; Dublin, Ireland; and Belfast, Northern Ireland December 3-7.
Secretary Clinton will travel 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 will visit Brussels, Belgium, December 4-5 to participate in a meeting of NATO foreign ministers. The Secretary and her counterparts will discuss current security challenges in the Western Balkans and NATO’s global partnerships. The Secretary will participate 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 will also meet with their non-NATO partners… more »
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks with Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on November 29, 2012. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2012/11/201197.htm.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks at the Omnibus Session of the U.S.- Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission in Batumi, Georgia on June 5, 2012. [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text transcript.]
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton holds a joint press availability with Georgian President Saakashvili, in Batumi, Georgia on June 5, 2012. [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text transcript.]
On June 5, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to Batumi, Georgia, where she addressed the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission plenary session and delivered remarks at the commissioning of a Georgian Coast Guard ship. In addition, Secretary Clinton met with Georgian President Saakashvili and held discussions with a broad range of political actors and civil society representatives.
At the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission plenary session, Secretary Clinton discussed priorities of this strategic partnership and the steps… more »
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey from May 31-June 7. In Denmark, Secretary Clinton will hold bilateral meetings with senior Danish officials in Copenhagen. She will also participate in the kick-off event for Green Partnerships for Growth, a bilateral initiative to promote green technology through public and private sector partnerships.
On June 1, Secretary Clinton will travel to Oslo, Norway, to meet with senior Norwegian officials and give keynote remarks at a global health conference hosted by the Norwegian government titled, “A World in Transition… more »
About the Author: Gale McCoy is the director of the Atlanta Passport Agency. She most recently served as the Director of the Special Issuance Agency, which processes diplomatic, official, and military dependent passport applications.
I consider it a privilege to lead the Atlanta Passport Agency, as we provide a vital service to U.S. citizens with urgent travel needs. Our service to Atlanta area residents and citizens passing through its mammoth airport is illustrated with every application we receive. Just last week, a young man came to us from the airport, where his planned trip to Paris nearly came to an abrupt stop when he noticed his passport had expired. In the past, the young man would have had to have driven more than eight hours to the New Orleans, Miami, or Washington, DC passport agencies to obtain a new passport on such short notice. With the opening of the Atlanta Passport Agency, however,…more »