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Secretary Rice Travels to Middle East, Europe

Focus on roadmap, support for Iraq

Posted: June 17, 2005
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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will travel to the Middle East June 17 to discuss peacemaking efforts, democratic reforms and counterterrorism activities with leaders in the region before heading to Brussels, Belgium, for a conference on international assistance for Iraq June 21-22.

Rice’s trip will take her to Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Following the conference in Belgium, the secretary will also travel to London to participate in a ministerial meeting in preparation for the July summit of the Group of Eight nations (G8, comprising Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and Russia) in Gleneagles, Scotland.

A new Web site will provide up-to-date, in-depth coverage in English and Arabic of Rice’s trip to the Middle East and Europe June 17-23.

Following is an announcement regarding Rice’s travels:

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U.S. Department Of State
Office of the Spokesman
June 13, 2005

Statement by Sean McCormack, Spokesman


Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will travel to the Middle East and Europe from June 17-23, 2005. Secretary Rice will visit Ramallah, Jerusalem, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia to discuss regional peacemaking efforts, support for democracy and reform throughout the region, and counter terrorism. The Secretary will then travel to Brussels for the International Conference on Iraq, where representatives from over 80 nations and international organizations will come together in support of the Iraqi Transitional Government and its effort to build a free, democratic, and prosperous Iraq. The Secretary will proceed to London for the Ministerial Meeting of the G-8 in preparation for the July G-8 Summit.

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